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Looking for a Fall Nature Study Guide to help out with nature study this year? This guide will walk you through what to study this fall with a few drawing tutorials along the way.

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This Fall Nature Study Guide uses the book Nature Anatomy by Julia Rothman.

Suggestion: Grab the Nature Anatomy Notebook to use with this guide.

It’s not required, but it is divided by season.

You could also use my Free Nature Journaling pages that go along with Nature Anatomy.

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Throughout the Fall Nature Study Guide, enter your findings into your Nature Notebook or Journal.

Animals to Study in the Fall

Squirrels & Chipmunks

  • Observe a squirrel in your yard.
  • Identify the squirrel or chipmunk.

Other Wild Animals

Depending upon your area, you will have different wildlife throughout the year, so this section depends upon your region.

  • Make note of any other wild animals you spot.
  • Identify the animal. (This includes any birds.)

Check out the Forest Nature Study Journal. There’s some great ideas for other animals to study during fall.

Leaf Identification

Identifying Leaves in Your Yard

  • Collect leaves from your yard & neighborhood. Find as many different leaves as you can.
  • Identify the shape, margin, & venation of your collected leaves. (pg. 102, Nature Anatomy)
  • Study the parts of a leaf. (pg.103 Nature Anatomy)

Activity: Preparing a Tree Leaf Collection

or Leaf Rubbings:

How to Draw a Leaf

There’s a short tutorial on how to draw a leaf in the Nature Anatomy Notebook. If you aren’t using that notebook, here’s a good leaf drawing tutorial to follow. >>>

Tree Identification

Identifying trees in your yard & around your neighborhood.

  • Find several trees in your yard or surrounding neighborhood to identify.
  • Study the bark & do a bark rubbing.
  • Study the Anatomy of a Deciduous Tree. (pg. 100 Nature Anatomy)
  • Study the Anatomy of a Trunk & Dendrochronology. (pg. 101 Nature Anatomy)
  • Make a note of their seeds & if you find them on the ground. (such as the acorn)

How to Draw a Tree Branch

More to Study


  • Study the Anatomy & Life Cycle of a mushroom. (pg. 123 Nature Anatomy)
  • Identify any mushrooms you spot. (Remember to be cautious & don’t eat any mushrooms you are unsure of.)

Tip: Best Places to find mushrooms. >> Wet areas, on or beside rotted logs, & in the woods.

Moon Phases

  • Observe the moon each night.
  • Track the phases of the moon.

Here’s a free printable moon phase journal to help track the phases throughout the month or you can draw them in a free space in your nature journal.

Moon phases can be found on page 56-57 of Nature Anatomy.

Night Sky

Constellations can be found on page 58-59 of Nature Anatomy.

  • Observe the night sky on cool clear nights.
  • Try to find each of the constellations listed in Nature Anatomy.

If you like this Fall Nature Study Guide, you may be interested in…

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