The Naturalist at Home emphasizes hands-on exploration with easy outdoor projects designed to help naturalists observe and study everything from invertebrates to mushrooms to mammals. Critically-acclaimed writer and naturalist Kelly Brenner developed these projects based on real techniques used by naturalists and scientists in the field. Easy to adapt, they are suitable for naturalists at all levels of experience and expertise.
These projects bridge the gap between sophisticated science experiments and easy nature activities and between reading about nature and experiencing it in a real and tangible way. They are simple to carry out, and naturalists can repurpose items they have at home, find them at a thrift store, or purchase inexpensive tools and materials. Detailed descriptions of organisms, along with the author's hand-drawn illustrations, help naturalists visualize what they may discover.
A naturalist, writer, and artist based in Seattle, Kelly Brenner is the author of Nature Obscura: A City's Hidden Natural World, a finalist for the PNBA and Washington State book awards. Her writing has appeared in Popular Science, Crosscut, National Wildlife Magazine, and The Open Notebook among others. Brenner earned a bachelor's degree in landscape architecture from the University of Oregon and a certificate in nonfiction writing from the University of Washington.