Nature Journaling #156: Falling for the Season

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!

Frost covers purple-pink flowers early on a fall morning at Winton Woods.
Will you see frost on flowers during the early hours of the morning?

Today’s Prompt: Falling for the Season

Fall has officially arrived! As fall is the season of change, take time to reflect on the changes around you in your nature journal. Predict five changes you will see in nature next month. Will it be cooler or warmer during the day? What about at night? What flowers will be blooming? What color will most of the leaves on the trees be?

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