Nature Journaling #108: Branching Out

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!

An orange and black Baltimore oriole (Icterus galbula) rests on a branch. It is surrounded by green leaves.
A Baltimore oriole (Icterus galbula) rests on a branch. Photo by Hanna McBrearty/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Midwest Region.

Today’s Prompt: Branching Out

Take a walk around your neighborhood. Find a bush along the way that is thick with leaves. Pause and take a look inside by parting the branches. Look closely at the branches. Are any animals, small or large, taking refuge inside the bush? Are there any nests? Would this be a good place for an animal to live? Why or why not?

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