TheLittleNaturalist

Nature Items & Resources for Collections, Crafts,& More

Bentonville, Arkansas | 948 Sales

TheLittleNaturalist

Nature Items & Resources for Collections, Crafts,& More

Bentonville, Arkansas 948 Sales On Etsy since 2016

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TheLittleNaturalist is taking a short break

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Note from shop owner Taking a break over the holidays. Thanks for a WONDERFUL year, nature lovers!

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Dec 15, 2018

Taking a break over the holidays. Thanks for a WONDERFUL year, nature lovers!

Jessie

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Jessie

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The Little Naturalist

Hello fellow nature lovers! I wanted to take a moment and introduce myself...

I'm Jessie, and my husband and my two boys and I live in the beautiful Ozark mountains. One of the reasons I homeschool my boys is so I can immerse them into nature as often as possible. I fully believe in the positive cognitive & emotional benefits of nature and the outdoors during childhood especially, but absolutely for adults as well!

I have always been interested in the natural world and spend as much time as I can outdoors. It's my happy place. As a child I was a collector at heart and had an old cigar box full of little nature treasures. I definitely think I've handed that down to my boys as well, as their little pockets are always filled with little treasures along every adventure! As homeschoolers we often delve into nature studies on all kinds of different subjects, and it's often inspired by something we find outdoors! Collecting these treasures gives us an opportunity to further investigate and explore a piece of the natural world at our own pace back at home. A "Naturalist" is defined as being "a person who studies nature" and our nature collection allows us to become "Little Naturalists" outdoors AND back at home indoors.

We have a large collection of our own and plenty of extras to share with others! Bones, feathers, seed pods, reptile sheds, non poisonous dried mushrooms, pressed flowers and leaves, shells, and so much more! I also seek out and find wonderful nature and outdoor resources that compliment a range of different wildlife studies or ideas for outdoor activities. The items you'll see in the store are all humanely or economically resourced, most items we've found ourselves and some are given to us by friends and family or bought from sources with the same humane and eco minded values. These items are perfectly imperfect, as nature always is.

Because there are so many different aspects of study, I'll also be offering items to facilitate visual and hands on learning styles such as nature study books, magnifying glasses, handmade nature focused learning activities, botanical prints, mini collections, and more! I'm excited for our nature finds to find new homes for homeschoolers, public classrooms, personal studies, nature arts and craft projects, private collections, natural decor..whatever they may be used for!

Expect fair pricing and unique items collected and sourced with the intention to inspire curiosity and imagination and to help further fun and educational nature studies, and outdoor play & education for "The Little Naturalist" in you!

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  • Jessie Koller

    Owner, Curiosities Collector

    My family lives in the Ozark Mountains & we get outside as often as possible! Our pockets are always filled with little treasures after outdoor adventures & we love to share them with others in hopes to inspire further studies & nature wonderment.

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Last updated on Sep 11, 2016
Frequently asked questions
Where do your nature items come from?

All of our nature items are either found by our family on nature walks, hikes, or exploring while on vacations, given to us by friends or family members who find them in the same way, or occasionally purchased from humane and eco conscious qualified taxidermists who only source from animals who have expired naturally or for food.

Do you wash and sanitize your nature items?

Depending on the item and when it is necessary, some items will be washed to remove excess dirt or debris, or sanitized to remove little unwanted creatures. This is always done in a way that still preserves the beauty and natural state of the item. Most items are shipped "as is."---perfectly imperfect as is in nature.

Custom and personalized orders

Yes. If you would like to customize a themed order such as a "Bird Study Bundle, "Butterfly Study," etc, that isn't already put together as a collection in the shop, I can bundle several items together that will compliment and expand on exploration into that particular themed area of interest.

This is also a unique gift idea for those nature loving kids and adults in your life. As homeschoolers ourselves, we often dive into particular areas of study and bundles like these would definitely benefit visual learning and a hands on approach.

How do your Grab Bag collections work?

Grab bag collections are a fun way to receive a sampling of unique nature items at one time! This "grab bag" approach allows for each collection to be unique & different (unless a custom order is requested), but each collection is like opening up a treasure box of nature curiosities to explore! I don't skimp out here, I want you to open up your box with wonder, curiosity, and amazement!

These collections make wonderful gifts for those nature lovers in your life, for the kid that loves to collect things. Also great for expanding on personal nature studies, classroom studies, homeschooling, or displaying on nature tables or in curiosity cabinets. Montessori & Waldorf homeschooling studies definitely come to mind here.

Do you identify and label your nature items in Grab Bag Collections?

When identification is possible, your the items in your grab bag collections will be labeled for identification. If we collect an item on our adventures, we do our homework and research to the best of our abilities-after all, this is part of the fun and the whole reason we love to collect! Sometimes though, we are unable to correctly identify an item. However, this isn't necessarily a bad thing! This definitely allows for a more curious and naturalistic approach...as you can dive into your own research and study or leave it uniquely unidentified to wonder of it's origin.