Nature Journaling #182: Finding Your Way at Night

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!

Strawberry moon on the night of June 5, 2020.

Today’s Prompt: Finding Your Way at Night

Sit outside tonight and try to stay away from any lights. Give your eyes a few minutes to adjust to the dark. What can you see? Is there light coming from the moon that helps you to see? Do you see shapes or colors? If it is really dark, colors should not stand out to you. What does it feel like to be in the dark? How do animals that are active at night find food?

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