Nature Journaling #83: Summer Horizons

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 Horizons

Today is the last official day of spring! This evening, pay attention to where the sun sets in the sky. (Hint: It is not directly in the west.) Be prepared to get up early tomorrow morning, on the first day of summer, and record where in the sky the sun rises. (Hint: It may not be where you think.)

On both days, write about the location of the sun setting and rising. Did it surprise you that it was not directly west and east? This year, the longest ‘day’ of the year falls on June 20. This is the day we have the most sunlight. The sun rises in the northeastern part of the sky and sets in the northwestern part of the sky. At noon, the sun is almost directly overhead. From now until December, we will lose a little bit a daylight every day, making our days ‘shorter.’ What do you think causes that?

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.

Amy Roell
Director of Education & Events