Nature Explorer Workbooks

Learning should be an exploration

The Nature Explorer series of workbooks, focusing upon learning through exploration and practical activities. Each workbook contain fascinating and easy to understand information, no long words, and is compatible with all faiths and beliefs. They include information, diagrams, multiple choice questions, and practical activities. Ideal self study workbooks for field guides, members of conservation organisations, home schools and individuals who are interested in spiders and scorpions. Perfect for participants at remote sites, at lodges, field guide training schools, and  as a holiday activity.

Developed and written by award winning conservationist and best selling author, Jonathan Leeming.

Sneek peek, downloads, free resources.
Sneek peek, downloads, free resources.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why did you write the Nature Explorer series of workbooks?

I wrote the Nature Explorer books as a way to develop mankind understanding of some of the more misunderstood creatures. Each Nature Explorer is written in an easy to understand language, with no long words or scientific jargon. They create understanding of these creatures by focuses upon 30 species of commonly encountered animal, examining their natural history, our relationship with these animals and putting their existence into a bigger perspective.

Are the Nature Explorer workbooks suitable for Field Guide Training Schools?

Yes. Each Nature Explorer includes practical activities that are aligned to FGASA qualifications. Field Guides can be given the Nature Explorer without the answers to the multiple choice questions as an assessment. Practical activities enrich and align to the guided experience. The Nature Explorer can be marked onsite, the results emailed to Jonathan and a certificate issued. 

Are the Nature Explorer workbooks suitable for home schooling?

Yes. The language used is suitable for home school groups and environmental training organisations. Each book provides information, plus activities that help the learner interpret what they have learned in a practical way. The material is aligned to the Cambridge and CAPS curriculum.

What are the benefits of the Nature Explorer workbooks to my child?

Through the young readers fascination with these animals, they also will develop their comprehension, reading and speaking skills. All vital skills in todays world.

Are the Nature Explorer workbooks applicable to all areas of Southern Africa?

Yes! They has been designed to be applicable to any location in Southern Africa. They are packed with practical exercises and activities, perfect for nature reserves, national parks or just a weekend away

Is evolution discussed in the Nature Explorer workbooks?

No. There is no mention of the word 'evolution', 'adaptation' nor a mention of geological time frames. The Nature Explorer books are compatible with, and support all faiths and beliefs.

Are medically important spiders and scorpions included?

Yes! The books teach how to identify spiders and scorpions. There are sections on venom and medically important spiders and scorpions, should we be afraid? These topics are also included in the multiple choice questions.

What is the minimum age for the Nature Explorer workbooks ideal for?

The Nature Explorer books are suitable for nurturing an interest in nature from a young age. The language is easy to understand and there are no long words of scientific jargon. If the child can read and is interested in nature, then they will benefit from the workbooks. The workbooks are written in English.

Do you have any spider and scorpion posters that can be downloaded?

Yes. If you go to you will find links to the free resources associated with each book. Help yourself and forward them to anyone who may benefit from these resources.

Will the Nature Explorer workbooks help me overcome the fear of spiders or scorpions?

Yes. With an increase knowledge and understanding comes a reduction of fear. The Nature Explorer workbooks focus upon understanding value in the greater scheme of things. There is a section entitled 'Should we be afraid?' which addresses fear. Other section entitled ‘misinformation' tackles the most common misperceptions and misinformation that cloud our understanding of these animals. 

Can I earn a certificate for completing the Nature Explorer Workbooks?

Yes. If you are affiliated to a home school, lodge or training institute, ask your manager to facilitate the process of marking the workbooks and checking the completed activities. Your manager can then contact me to arrange for your certificates.

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