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7 Ways to do Nature Study When Living in a Big City

It’s often very easy to find Nature Study options when you live in a rural area, but what happens when you’re homeschooling in a big city? Living in an urban area doesn’t exactly open up the doors to going outside in your backyard to do a nature study with your homeschool students. Today I’m sharing a few ways to do nature study when living in a big city so that you can find ways to make this part of your homeschool curriculum work in an urban area.  

Well, books and online resources are great supplements to do nature study. Here are some products that might help you:

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7 Ways to do Nature Study When Living in a Big City 

Saltwater Fish Pet Stores 

Look to your local pet stores for a saltwater fish area. While you may not be able to touch or physically engage with the saltwater fish department animals, you can surely witness a lot of natural life in the saltwater fish tanks. Consider creating a scavenger hunt or research saltwater fish and other saltwater creatures before you head to the local pet store. During your visit to the pet store, you can test the memory of your homeschool students with questions about the saltwater creatures you see.  

Walk on the Street and Neighborhood

There might be fewer natural places to do nature study in urban areas than the rural areas. However, you still can get nature study objects on the street. You might stop your car on the safe side of the road to walk around the residence or neighborhood to enjoy the flowers and plants and study the features. Get kids to draw or feel while breathing the fresh air. Then, you can continue the study at home to get more references from other books and online resources.

Put Nature into Displays

Get a poster or a model of nature subjects kids are interested to study. Display it inside your house. If you can get the model, kids will be able to touch it. Then, they will be able to explore the parts and features. You can get unlimited resources to work on nature study when you can get the displays.

Plant Them

It is not easy to get plants as instant nature study objects. You can visit either the public parks or the community garden, but it might take time to go to the places for some conditions. In addition, there is a situation that kids will need to observe the plants in more detail. Thus, there isn’t any easier way to work on this case, which is better than planting them at home. By doing this, kids can learn gardening at the same time.

The problem is you might have a limited area for gardening. Just use whatever you have. Gardening doesn’t have to use large space to work on. You can use other media than soil to do gardening. Hydrophonic is great for urban farming. My son started to fall in love with plants by doing hydroponic gardening when he was in middle school. He takes an agrotechnology major in college.

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Purchase and Study

You can purchase pets, insects, fish, or other nature to take care of at home. At the same time, kids can study the objects by observing and recording in the nature study journal.

Hatching the insects, reptiles, and fish eggs is a way to study the animals. Kids can observe the growth of the eggs until they hatch, then they can continue with the babies. Kids also can release the older animals back to nature when they have finished their studies.

For bigger animals, kids can learn how to pet them. Thus, they can learn about them by observing parts of their body, their manners, or behavior. By doing so, kids can learn how to pet and to love the animals as parts of nature.

Community Garden 

Many big cities have started to have a community garden where the community can come out and help grow vegetables and fruit for the neighborhood. This is a great way to create a nature study curriculum for your homeschooling adventure. If your city doesn’t have a community garden you could opt to start your own container garden on a windowsill or stoop. Creating your own small container garden is a perfect option for nature study when you’re homeschooling in a big city.  

Botanical Gardens 

It’s pretty amazing where you find botanical gardens hidden. Sometimes a museum or similar building will have a botanical garden near its entryway. Some places may even have an indoor greenhouse exhibit of many flowers from all over the world where you can take your homeschool kids to see and learn more about botanical gardens for nature study in a big city. Be sure to do some research on various flowers found around the world before venturing out to find a botanical garden in your city.  

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There are many ways you can work nature study into your homeschooling curriculum without venturing too far away from your big city. It’s simply a matter of using some creative thinking and coming up with new ways to learn about the natural world around us. I hope that the ideas I shared today have inspired you to get clever with nature study when you live in a big city.  

Here are some ways to do nature study when living in a big city. Find ways to make your homeschool curriculum work in an urban area.


 

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