Nature journals are a fun way to pass the time. To many Great Parks nature interpreters, they are a tool that fosters meaningful connections with the natural world.
Want to create a nature journal with your child? Grab some paper and a pencil, step out the front door and use the prompt below. We’ll publish a new prompt daily, so be sure to check back here for more!
Today’s Prompt: Lighting up the Night Sky
Head outdoors near dusk. Pay attention to what kinds of animals you see. What are they? What are they doing? Do you see any fireflies (lightning bugs)? If so, what are they doing? Do they all have the same flash pattern of their lights? Is it just the ones flying that flash or do you see any flashes coming from the grass or bushes?
No fireflies/lightning bugs out tonight? Try again on another warm, summer evening and write down your observations in your nature journal then.
A Few Tips for Success:
- Work with your child’s attention span. If they aren’t enjoying an activity, allow them to choose a new one. If they are highly focused, give them plenty of time to continue the observations.
- Allow creativity. Children often have interests that go beyond the questions we pose. Create a safe environment so they can create and explore on their terms.
- Journal along with your child. You never know what you may discover and it’s a great way to spend some quality time together.
- Try activities at different times of day. Observations may change with time and temperature.
Want to try your hand at different nature journaling topics? Click here for more prompts.
Director of Education & Events