Nature Journaling #121: Hidden in Plain Sight

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 eastern garter snake hides in the grass.
An eastern garter snake (Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis) hides in the grass. Photo courtesy Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Today’s Prompt: Hidden in Plain Sight

Many animals use camouflage to help them hide from predators. Camouflage is when colors and patterns help animals blend into the background. Head outside and try to spy an animal that is using camouflage and write a short story about it. If it is raining, try to spot animals blending in with nature by observing the outside from a window.

Can’t spy an animal using camouflage? That means the camouflage is working!

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