nature study

the study of plants and animals, especially by amateurs.

1895–1900 Unabridged
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nature study
the study of the natural world, esp animals and plants, by direct observation at an elementary level

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Example sentences
Bird watching, viewing fantastic fall colors and nature study experiences await those seeking to experience nature.
The abundance of wildlife provides great opportunities for nature study and the exploration of the natural world.
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