Great Parks Inktober 2020: Draw a Nature Sketch a Day in October

A drawing of bats for National Pollinators Week 2020.

Artists around the world will be tapping into their creativity and improving their drawing skills with a sketch a day in October.

The campaign, titled Inktober, was created by illustrator and author Jake Parker in 2009 and has been going strong ever since. Inktober releases optional prompts every year, so we thought we’d make a list of our own nature-themed suggestions! Scroll down to see the list.

The rules, from

  1. Make a drawing in ink (you can do a pencil under-drawing if you want)
  2. Post it*
  3. Tag your post with the hashtag #inktober and #inktober2020
  4. Repeat

*Post it on any social media account you want or just post it on your refrigerator. The point is to share your art with someone. 🙂

Note: You can do a daily drawing, or go the half-marathon route and post every other day, or just do the 5K and post once a week. Whatever you decide, just be consistent with it. Inktober is about growing and improving and forming positive habits, so the more you’re consistent the better.

Grab a pen and paper and start drawing! If you decide to use our prompts, add the hashtag #GPInktober so we can find you and we’ll share your drawing!

Great Parks Inktober Prompts:

  1. Full Moon
  2. Migration
  3. Snakes
  4. Sunny Day
  5. Turtle Turtle
  6. Favorite Nature Spot
  7. Animal Home
  8. Through My Window
  9. Clouds
  10. Fish
  11. Leaves
  12. Stormy Weather
  13. Birds
  14. Trees
  15. On The Other Side of That Field
  16. Sunshine
  17. Tracks & Scat
  18. Rocks
  19. Where I Live, 400 Years Ago
  20. Starry Night
  21. Wind
  22. Waterfall
  23. Through the Forest
  24. Hole in the Tree
  25. Fall Weather
  26. Mammals
  27. The Days Are Getting Shorter
  28. Sticks & Stones
  29. Bats
  30. Placid Weather
  31. Spooky Nature