Nature Journaling #188: Tremendous Types of Trees

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!

Two black walnuts hang from a tree branch.
Black walnuts such as these may not be hanging off trees during this time of year, but what seeds or nuts have you spotted?

Today’s Prompt: Tremendous Types of Trees

Take your pencil and notebook with you on a walk today. Draw the different types of tree shapes you see. Which tree is the tallest? Shortest? Roundest? Do any of the trees still have leaves, seeds or nuts hanging off the branches? If so, draw a picture of the leaf, seed or nut on the same page as your drawing of the tree.

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.