Nature Journaling #94: Gone to Seed

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!

Slippery Elm Seeds
Slippery elm seeds. Photo courtesy flickr user Dan Mullen/Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Today’s Prompt: Gone to Seed

Go on a walk through your yard or your neighborhood and look for plants that have ‘gone to seed.’ Collect different types of seeds. When you get back home, spread the seeds out on a sheet of paper or a paper towel. What similarities do they have? What differences do you see?

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