Nature Journaling #173: Once in a Blue Moon

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!

A full moon.

Today’s Prompt: Once in a Blue Moon

Tonight, on Halloween, a blue moon will light up the sky. A blue moon isn’t actually the color blue; a blue moon is the second full moon to occur in a calendar month. What’s a better time to observe the moon than on this spooky evening?

Sit outside tonight and look for the moon. What shape is it? Can you see any features on the moon? What do you think it would be like to be on the moon?

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