Nature Journaling #187: Nature Calls

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!

An eastern screech owl has its beak open, mid-call.

Today’s Prompt: Nature Calls

After dark, head outside for about 10–15 minutes. Turn off as many outside lights as you can and sit in the darkness. Do you hear any animals? Are birds that are active at night, like owls, out? Or maybe you hear insects, crickets and the like? If no animals are making any sounds, can you hear any kind of natural sound like the wind? Write about the night sounds that you hear.

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.