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: Summer Sound Map
Create a summer sound map of your neighborhood. Go outside to a favorite spot. Sit down and draw a map of your area. Close your eyes and listen for sounds. When you hear a sound, whether it is made by humans or something in nature, open your eyes and put an X where you think it came from. If it were made by something in nature, circle the X. Make a list of the sounds you heard off to the side. How many sounds were made by people? What made the natural sounds you heard?
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