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show and tell: field bags

jack‘s field bag

my field bag!

alice’s field bag

leisa’s sketching stuff

noah’s field bag

gerrick’s field bag

fionna’s nature bag

For detailed information about our field bag contents, click on each photo to visit each person’s flickr or blog!


ready for a nature walk


Inside Lorraine’s Journal


show and tell: field bags

the naturalist’s rucksack, from The Amateur Naturalist, by Gerald Durrell

Okay, friends, time to share what’s inside your field bag! If you haven’t already sent me a photo or uploaded one to the Heywood’s Meadow flickr group, please contribute and we’ll do a post on Friday!


nature journal: raccoon

reading and drawing about raccoons

a raccoon track looks like a tiny human handprint

on the front porch

field guide to american wildlife says: “nocturnal, washes food; a good fighter, climber, and swimmer; clever, tames easily when captured young.


a naturalist’s workroom

the workroom of master naturalist henri fabre, southern france

One of the foremost naturalists in Victorian times was the French entomologist Fabre. As far as he was concerned, although it was important to make collections of insects it was also important to know how and why they behaved as they did. He was one of the first entomologists to go out into the field and study how insects lead their lives in nature. Not only that, he could write about his discoveries simply and beautifully so that even people who did understand anything about entomology could appreciate them. When I was ten years old, my brother Lawrence introduced me to Fabre’s writings. They opened up a magical world. Here was a man who could tell me why dung beetles so busily made little balls from horse or cow manure and buried them and how the glow-worm overpowers and consumes snails; who could tell me what a praying mantis did on her wedding night and who could describe exciting experiments to prove his theories — he once borrowed a cannon and fired it off in front of his house (breaking all the windows) to see if cicadas could hear. Though his main work was with insects, Fabre was interested in the whole of nature from mushrooms to fossils and his writings meant that you were suddenly transported out into the open air instead of, as with so many Victorian naturalists, into a museum.

— Gerald Durrell, The Amateur Naturalist


inside a fish


show and tell: nature collections

winter finds, by dimsum, bagels, and crawfish

We’re sharing our nature collections over on the Heywood’s Meadow flickr group — so much beautiful inspiration! If you have a nature collection or nature display, we hope you’ll come share it, too!

nature display by bolandbol

crystal crescent beach collection, by to the outskirts

the day’s collection from a walk around the yard, by emerald lane

our nature table, by to the outskirts

I also love this beach collection by graygoosie!

These beautiful displays are really a provocation for children (and adults!) to examine them more closely and perhaps draw them, leisurely identify them in field books, etc., when they’re back at home. It’s something every amateur naturalist needs!

fionna’s shell display

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