Nature Journaling #164: Falling Slowly

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!

Orange and yellow leaves of an American chestnut tree.
Leaves of the American chestnut tree (Castanea dentata). Photo courtesy flickr user Nicholas A. Tonelli/Creative Commons (CC BY 2.0).

Today’s Prompt: Falling Slowly

Gather a leaf that has fallen off a tree. Take it home with you and do some research. What tree or shrub did it come from? Do we use that tree or shrub for anything? For an example, do we use the wood from the tree for fence posts or furniture? Do we eat the nuts or fruit of this tree? Or did early American settlers use the leaves for medicine? Write about the tree or shrub your leaf came from.

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