Nature Journaling #143: It’s Good To Be Blue

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!

The purplish, periwinkle flower of common chicory.
Common chicory. Photo by hedera.baltica on Flickr/Creative Commons (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Today’s Prompt: It’s Good To Be Blue

Today, look for a pale blue flower (it may be purplish to you) growing along the roadsides. This plant is called chicory (Cichorium intybus). Chicory will grow almost anywhere the soil has been disturbed – abandoned fields, roadsides, vacant lots and even cracks in the sidewalk! The stem is long and spindly, with flowers along the upper 2/3 of the plant.

Visit this plant a few times today and note what the flowers look like. Are they closed up? Fully open? Or somewhere in between? You may want to visit the flower often and record what you see.

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