This gorgeously illustrated guide will inspire kids to look closely at the world around them Created by the experts at the renowned Brooklyn Botanic Garden, it teaches children how to observe environments as a naturalist does and leads them on 24 adventures that reveal the complex ecosystems of plants and animals in the woods, at the beach, and in a city park. Detailed, scientifically based drawings help young scientists identify hundreds of North American plants and animals, while dozens of fun projects include keeping a journal, conducting field experiments, and exploring nature with all five senses.
Winner, Hands-on Science category, 2015 American Association for the Advancement of Science Subaru Prize for Excellence in Science Books
The Kid's Guide to Exploring Nature has also been named an honor book for the 2015 Green Earth Book Award in the Children's Nonfiction category
Grades 3-6. Part field guide and part high-interest nonfiction, this book encourages young readers to be naturalists no matter where they live. The introductory pages explain how to responsibly collect specimens and how to record findings in a scientific journal. Common tools of a naturalist are mentioned and are easily accessible around the house. Suggestions for investigation are divided into four chapters by season and include a wide variety of ecosystems, from dense woodlands to urban sidewalks. Field guide–quality illustrations with common and Latin names for vegetation, insects, and animals fill the pages, and fun tidbits about common species are listed alongside. A “Naturalists at Work” feature explains specific careers that employ the skills of naturalists, including their education and job responsibilities. Seasonal scavenger hunts and nature challenge activities provide plenty of opportunity to practice newly honed research skills. Through beautifully rendered scientific illustrations and fun activities, this book nurtures respectful and thoughtful observers of their surroundings in both city and country.