Nature Journaling #86: National Pollinators Week

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!

A male ruby-throated hummingbird sits on a branch.
A male ruby-throated hummingbird sits on a branch. Photo courtesy flickr user Tibor Nagy/Creative Commons (CC BY NC 2.0).

Today’s Prompt: National Pollinators Week

It is National Pollinators Week! Pollinators can be insects like bees, ants, flies, wasps, butterflies and moths? But did you know that pollinators can also be birds and mammals, like hummingbirds and bats! Which one is your favorite pollinator?

Did you know that about 75% of all flowering plants rely on pollinators? Without these pollinators, the plants would not be able to produce seeds for future plants. What kinds of food do you eat that rely on pollinators?

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