ANSS logoNature Study Journals (publications included here from 1964-2004), in 3-4 annually themed issues contained in-depth articles focused on nature study, nature education, environmental education, trends, issues, resources, opportunities and more all written and compiled by its members, guest writers and guest editors such as; L H Bailey, Anna Botsford Comstock, E L Palmer, Cap’n Bill Vinal, Roger Tory Peterson, Edwin Way Teale, Bill Sharp, Helen Ross Russell, Bill Stapp, Verne Rockcastle, John Serrao and Bill Hammond. The Journal often contained additional Teaching Tips.

Nature Study Journal Winter 1967-68

Winter 1967-68

Nature Study Journal themes included (not limited to): Interrelationships, Insects, Water, Amphibians, Forest, Winter, City, Writing for Children and many more. Index and Anniversary issues were published periodically. Books of related content for both children and adults, many authored by members, were reviewed in each issue. The 75th Anniversary Issue published in 1982 includes biographical sketches of all the ANSS Presidents to that date.

It may be interesting to note that the single illustration pictured front and center on the front cover of every Journal 1964-1969 was the sketch of a single racoon with the name ‘Rita’ written in small print under the image … is ‘Rita’ the illustrator? The racoon graced the cover regardless of the issue content/theme.

Nature Study Journal February 1987

February 1987

Journal issues from 1970-2004 then featured different cover illustrations and/or photographs related to the issue’s content. The racoon however was still featured on Journal covers through 1980 – smaller in stature but still prominent in the upper corner.

In 1982, ANSS featured the illustration of an owl as its new logo, designed by long time ANSS member and artist Susan Burleigh and would appear on/in all Society publications. Individuals contributing to Journal cover designs, illustrations and photographs were credited in most issues from 1970.

Missing Journal publications:

  • *pre 1967
  • *1978
  • *1992 ‘Past and Present’
  • *1993 ‘Youth and the Environment’
Year Vol No. Title
1964-76 18-30 Index Issue -Vl 18-30,1964-1976
1967 21 3 Go Outdoors for Outdoor Education
1967 21 4 Develop Nature Appreciation
1968 22 1 Nature Study and the Years Ahead
1968 22 2 Morality of Conservation
1968 22 3 Participate, Interact with Nature
1968 22 4 Environmental Crisis
1969 23 1 Wildlife Resources
1969 23 2 Teaching Ecological Concepts
1969 23 3 Environmental Awareness Through Involvement
1969-70 23 4 Time for Action
1970 24 1 America Starts the Clean-Up
1970 24 2 Man and the Land
1970 24 3 Only One Earth to Study
1970 24 4 Listen … to the Earth
1971 25 1 Youth Returns … to the Earth
1971 25 2 Environmental Restoration
1971 25 3 Fall Dresses for Winter
1971 25 4 Motivating to Personal Environmental Action
1972 26 1 Action Must Follow Awareness
1972 26 2 Linking Inner City and Natural Communities
1972 26 3 The Best Ecology Book is the Outddors
1972 26 4 Putting It All Together
1973 27 1 Go to the Field for Nature
1973 27 1 Total Community Involvement
1973 27 2 Land Use Must Be Planned
1973-74 27 4 Robert Frost
1974 28 1 Beauty in Mind and Spirit
1974 28 2 Man … IN Nature
1974-75 28 4 Vineholler 1975 – William Gould Vinal
1975 29 1 Inner City – Survival Through Education
1975 29 2 Review – The Past Is Prologue
1975 29 3 & 4 Western Style
1976 30 1 Bicentennial Issue
1976 30 2 Earth Year 1976
1977 30 4 Environmental Studies with Seaside Life
1977 31 1 Talking Sense About Energy
1977 31 2 Nature Study and the Handicapped
1979 32 1 Valuing Nature
1979 32 3 Hunting Moths and the Membership Directory
1980 32 4 Alaska – Wildlife for Tomorrow
1980 33 2 & 3 Endangered Mammals
1980 33 4 Field Study Centers
1981 34 1 & 2 The Sea Around Us
1981 34 3 Mainstreaming
1982 34 4 Plants
1982 35 1 & 2 Members Issue
1982 35 3 & 4 Culture and the Environment
1983 36 1 & 2 In Praise of Mountains
1983 36 3 & 4 The City Issue
1983 37 1 & 2 75th Anniversary
1984 37 3 & 4 Environmental Education Practices
1984 38 1 Native Americans
1985 38 2 & 3 Sharing’
1986 39 2 & 3 International Issue
1987 40 1 & 2 Water
1988 41 1 & 2 Winter
1988 41 3 & 4 The Write Stuff
1988 42 1 & 2 Women & the Environment
1989 42 3 & 4 Weather
1989 43 1 & 2 Food, Nutrition and the Environment
1990 43 3 & 4 Potpurri
1990 44 1 Weaving it Together
1991 44 2 & 3 Environmental Celebration
1991 44 4 Sampler
1992 45 Journal, Past & Present (missing)
1993 45 Youth & the Environment (missing)
1994 46 4-Jan First Nations People
1994 47 1 & 2 Animals
1995 47 3 & 4 Wetlands
1997 48 4-Jan Sampler of Tips
1998 48 1 & 2 Forests
1999 49 3 & 4 Voices from the Past
2000-2001 50 1 & 2 Nature in Your Neighborhood
2001-2002 50 3& 4 Amphibians
2003 51 1 & 2 Childhood Memories
2004 52 1 Keeping Nature Journals