Nature Journaling #123: Dirt Pile

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 young girl sits outside mixing together dirt and water to create mud.

Today’s Prompt: Dirt Pile

Find a patch of dirt that you can dig into a little bit. (Be sure to ask permission first!) Spread the dirt out as you pull it out of the ground. Is there anything living in the dirt? Can you identify anything in the dirt? Did you find any worms? If so, take a close look and draw it.

Write about whatever you are observing. Replace the dirt and anything you find it the hole before you leave.

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