Nature Journaling #167: Blooms or Seeds

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!

Red, brown, and yellow leaves float atop the creek on the Kingfisher Trail on a sunny fall day at Winton Woods.

Today’s Prompt: Blooms or Seeds

Take a walk today. Do you see mostly plants that are still blooming or mostly ones that have gone to seed? Collect a couple of different seeds and compare them to one another when you get back home. What similarities do they have? How are they different? Are the plants that have gone to seed now different than the plants you observed in early fall?

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