I don't live in the midwest, where the Be A Naturalist, fictitious Hawk Valley Nature Preserve story is set. Will the curriculum still work for me?
We have designed Science Through Nature to work in any area. While the living story takes place in the Midwestern United States, the corresponding adventures and activities are not dependent on any particular region. Our goal was to make the program work for all families no matter what type of wildlife and natural areas are found near their home.
What age is this geared towards?
Be A Naturalist is best suited for children in (2nd - 5th), but can be used for younger and older children as well. Our sample (available on the homepage) includes a scope of covered topics that should give you a good idea if it is suitable for your children.
A Year Of Discovery is geared towards elementary grades (1st - 6th), but is flexible enough to be used by older and younger siblings as well.
Is the curriculum secular?
Yes, we teach science as it is presented in the mainstream scientific community.
Is this a digital pdf or a physical book?
At this time, we only offer a digital pdf.
Do I need to buy the curriculum for each child in my family?
One copy is suitable for a family. The adventure sheet activities can be printed for each child in the family.
Do you have a recommendation for printing?
We support small businesses! The Homeschool Printing Company, operated by Melissa Eklof (a homeschool graduate) and her family, offers quality printing services. They can be found at https://thehomeschoolprintingcompany.com/.
What is your return policy?
Due to the digital nature of the product, we do not offer refunds.
I purchased the curriculum but didn't receive the email with my downloadable link? Would you send it again?
The purchased download link may be in your junk/spam folder. Contact us at email@example.com and we will send you the link again.
I sent a social media message or an email but haven't heard back yet.
Please be patient with us. We are two busy homeschool moms who want to share our love of science and nature. It may take us a little time to respond to questions that come up but we will respond.
May I sell my the pdf file to another parent?
Due to copyright laws, we do not allow the resale of our curriculum pdf.
I'd like to blog about the curriculum. How do I do this in compliance to Copyright laws?
In compliance with copyright laws, Science Through Nature copyrighted materials, (includes our logo and website photos) cannot be used. Links received to download purchased PDFs or received for free, cannot be posted. Personal photos and videos of our curriculum may be used. The material, resource lists, or other items within our curriculum cannot be provided to others for free, as a download, or for sale as this would be a violation of copyright laws. If you would like to direct your readers to our curriculum, please link to our website at www.sciencethroughnature.com.
I found an error in the curriculum? How do I pass this along?
The software we use to design our curriculum is not something that we can make quick changes to. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will set aside to review for a future edition.
Are you a vendor for any charter schools in California?
We are not a vendor for charter schools in California at this time.
What about John Muir?
John Muir was America’s most famous naturalist, and has been called the “Father of our National Parks”. His words inspired Theodore Roosevelt to establish the first National Monuments and Yosemite National Park. As the Sierra Club described, he was a “monumental figure” who “taught generations of people to see the sacredness of nature”. However, John Muir also “made derogatory comments about Black people and Indigenous peoples that drew on deeply harmful racist stereotypes, though his views evolved later in his life”.
Within our science curriculum, we focus on the conservationism in parks and nature, and don’t intend to get into those aspects of John Muir. However, we believe it does a disservice to not acknowledge it. You can read the Sierra Club’s own statement, and more about the history of that organization: