Sample Issues of Nature Friend Magazine

We appreciate your interest in Nature Friend and welcome your review.

A quick overview:

  • Nature Friend is a Creator-honoring nature magazine the whole family can enjoy. Children may participate in many ways. Even Grandpa can sit in a rocker and suggest captions for the “Caption This” photograph.
  • No external advertisers subsidize your subscription, so your purchase buys magazines, not ads. Even though we do not have advertisers (and postage rates rise almost every year), we’ve been able to hold your cost to about the same as one gallon of milk per month.
  • Stanley and Janice Brubaker started Nature Friend in January 1983. Since May 2006, the Kevin and Bethany Shank family have been publishing the magazine from their home in the foothills of the Shenandoah Mountains, in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

You may review several sample issues here and then purchase a subscription online or call 877-434-0765. If you prefer, you may order a sample issue for $11.

December 2022 Nature Friend and Study Guide
March 2023 Nature Friend and Study Guide
September 2023 Nature Friend and Study Guide

We encourage participation by readers. Most features appear in each issue, though some are in approximately every other issue. Features include

  • Pictures & Poems – Drawings and poetry submitted from the readership.
  • You Can Draw – Each issue has a drawing lesson of a bird, animal, or some other nature topic, as well as children’s drawings from a previous lesson.
  • Invisibles – A drawing with numerous objects hidden within it.
  • Stories – Character-building, Creator-honoring. Colorful photos typically illustrate stories and articles. Any artwork illustrations are realistic rather than comic drawings.
  • Puzzles – May be submitted by readers.
  • Scavenger Hunt – We hide two (or more) related objects somewhere in the magazine. Inside the front cover you will see what the objects are; however, they can be any size or color where they are hidden.
  • Learning by Doing – A craft project or science experiment.
  • Creation Close-ups – Nature photos taken by readers.
  • “The Heavens Declare” and “In Our Skies” – Astronomy-related articles appearing every other month.
  • Caption This – Approximately every other month we feature a photograph we expect to use on the back cover of an upcoming issue. We invite you to submit your caption for the photograph. We will use one or several of the captions when we feature the photo on the back cover.