Nature Journaling #101: Strong Summer Scents

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!

Green and yellow leaves on a branch.

Today’s Prompt: Strong Summer Scents

Put some gloves on and go outside. Pick up a handful of leaves off the ground from a sunny spot in your yard. Smell the bundle. Does it have a strong scent? What does it smell like?

Now hunt for a shady spot that has leaves on the ground that might be a little wet still. Pick up a handful of leaves and smell that bundle. Does this one have a strong scent? Which bundle, dry or wet, had a stronger smell? Why do you think that is?

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