Nature Observation

The purpose of this class is to enjoy the beauty of nature! Students will learn the basics of scientific observations and how to be “sharpshooter” observers of nature. Students will meet with the teacher only once a week so that most of their time in this course will be spent outside.

Students do not need to know how to draw in order to participate — they only need to be able to pay attention to what they see!

This is a helpful preparatory course for the Nature of Science course which will be offered in the fall, but students do not need to be planning to enroll in Nature of Science in order to enjoy this course.

Optional grading is available. Students will be graded on the time and effort spent on their observation journal, as well as their participation during class discussions.


  • Prerequisites: None
    Instructor:  Clare Sharp, B.A.
    Age Level: 11 – 14 years
    Grade Level:
    5 – 8
    Minimum Enrollment Required:
    Maximum Class Size: 15
    Tuition: $60

    Class Meets: Mondays, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Pacific, for 6 weeks, July 5 – August 9

Textbooks and Materials:

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    Nature Through the Seasons


    Clare Sharp, B.A.

    Clare Sharp
    received her B.A. in Liberal Arts from Wyoming Catholic College, a small Great Books-based college in the middle of the beautiful Wind River mountains.  This education gave her not only a love for classical learning, but also a love for experiential learning – learning through experience and immersion in the beauty of nature. She taught for four years at Great Hearts Academies in San Antonio, Texas, teaching 2nd grade, kindergarten, and 6th grade both as an Assistant Teacher and as a Lead Teacher.  When she is not teaching or learning, she loves spending time with her husband and baby daughter, wrestling with her dogs, playing piano and guitar, reading a good book, and baking yummy food.