Spider Nature Explorer

Inspiring the next generation of conservationists

This Spider Nature Explorer uncovers a world that is so familiar, yet largely unknown. It is packed with fascinating spider information like how to identify a spider, behaviour, where they live, venom, medically important spiders, webs, biotechnology and their value in the world!

There are multiple choice questions, practical field work activities, presentation assignments and fun puzzles. All designed to learn more about these animals in a very practical way.

An important focus of the Spider Nature explorer is to position in the greater scheme of things, why we need to conserve them, should we be afraid? and their relationship with other animals and more importantly, the relationship between spiders and ourselves.

I hope that you find the same excitement and wonder while working through this book, as I did when looking at spiders when I was young. I consider the contents of this Spider Nature Explorer as essential understanding of the natural world, vital for the for the next generation of conservationists and nature enthusiasts.

The contents are written in a simple and easy to understand language. It is suitable for all faiths and aligned to the Cambridge and CAPS curriculum, making it ideal for home schools. It has been written to be used while on holiday in a national park or game reserve, or at home in your back garden.

Free Spider Nature Explorer Resources

Download these free resources and share! If you would like the solutions to the below puzzles, or you have lost your Spider Nature Explorer solutions, then please send me a request to Info@JonathanLeeming.com

Frequently Asked Questions

Why did you write the Spider Nature Explorer?

I wrote the Spider Nature Explorer as a way to not only teach the younger generation about spiders, but also to leverage a child’s interest and fascination for spiders to create opportunities for writing, comprehension, interpretation, observation, critical thinking and speaking skills. These are all skills that I wish that I had developed when I was fascinated by spiders at an early age.

Is the Spider Nature Explorer suitable for home schooling?

Yes. It has been designed to add value to home study as it provides information on spiders, plus activities that help the learner interpret what they have learned in a practical way. I specifically developed the material to align to the Cambridge and CAPS curriculum.

Will the Spider Nature Explorer keep my children occupied while on holiday?

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

Is evolution discussed in the Spider Nature Explorer?

No. There is no mention of the word 'evolution', 'adaptation' nor a mention of geological time frames. The Spider Nature explorer is compatible with, and supports all faiths and beliefs.

Will the Spider Nature Explorer my child identify a spider?

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

Are medically important spiders and first aid included in the book?

Yes! The content focuses upon 30 spiders that are common throughout Southern Africa, and that are easy to identify. These spiders are depicted on the free posters. It provides a framework which can be used to identify spiders in the field or at home.

What age group is the Spider Nature Explored ideal for?

It is ideal for any child from 8 years, who has a keen interest in spiders. It can be completed in a group, with the help of an adult or even form part of an instructor led course.

Are there courses available for my child to participate in?

Yes. The Spider Nature Explorer is essentially a course manual. I offer courses for children using this material. If you have your own group (homeschool or nature club) and an area where spiders can be found, then a course can be arranged in your area.

Do you have any posters of the spiders that are mentioned in the Spider Nature Explorer?

Yes. If you go to www.Scorpions.co.za/Nature-Explorer you will find 2 posters that can be downloaded. These posters depict all of the spiders mentioned in the Spider Nature Explorer. These posters are for free anonymous download.

Will the Spider Nature Explorer help my child overcome the fear of spiders?

Yes. The contents focus upon understanding spiders and the value in the greater scheme of things. There is a section entitled 'Should we be afraid?' which addresses the fear of spiders. Other section entitled ‘misinformation' tackles the most common misperceptions and misinformation that cloud our understanding of these animals. With an increased knowledge and understanding of spiders, fear of these creatures is reduced.

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5 comments on “Nature Explorer”

  1. I was at your book launch, and hung on to every word that you said. There were 2 things that really made me think. The value of every aspects of the natural world, and how we are afraid of spiders not because of what we know, but because of what we do not know.

    I bought your book for my son who now sleeps with it under his pillow. He also talks to spiders as if they are his new best friends! Thank you for your time and effort into the work that you are doing. You are a true inspiration to all of us. We will be joining you on one of your walks at Kloofendal.

    1. Hi Magda

      Thank you for the kind comments. There has never been more urgent to understand the world around us, and as time goes on, this urgency will become more and more important. Thank you for reminding me that my books are not just read, but are a catalyst for change.

      I look forward to meeting you and your son on one of my creepy crawly walks.

  2. I love your book! It is so appropriate for a teacher. I have been reading it and I will be able to approach spiders with so much more interesting knowledge. The book is so easy to understand and read. I'm going to download the posters and have them laminated.

    1. Thank you for your comments. I wrote the book to help teachers and children who are interested in spiders understand not only these creatures, but how they fit into the greater scheme of things. If we can understand and recognise the value that spiders offer the world, then we are one step closer to the conservation all aspects of the environment for the next generation.

  3. I've always struggled to use The spider books that I have because they are very formal and not easy to read or use. The spider nature explorer explains everything I see in my garden and home in an easy to understand way. It makes it so easy to appreciate spiders more as I can see with my own eyes what you are referring to. Yesterday I sat next to a spider in a web, just looking at it and thinking of silk, how it made the web and the silk as a technology. Things that I have never thought of before. I also like the way you have put spiders into a greater context. I'm a big fan of your work and look forward to your next book.

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