Nature Journaling #96: Summer Nests

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 kingbird sits in its nest in a dead tree. It is sunny.
Nesting eastern kingbird. Photo by Courtney Celley/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Midwest Region.

Today’s Prompt: Summer Nests

Take a walk around your neighborhood. Along the way, look for nests. Note where you see them and what they are made of. Don’t forget – the glob of leaves in the tops of trees count too! Those are the summer nests for squirrels called dreys.

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