Nature Journaling #193: Spend Green Friday in Nature

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!

The sun shines over Winton Lake. You can see the reflection in the water of the trees lining the lake. There is fog permeating from the surface of the water.

Today’s Prompt: Spend Green Friday in Nature

The day after Thanksgiving is traditionally a crazy day for many getting started on the preparations for the holiday season. This year, enjoy some time in nature on a day we like to call Green Friday. Take half an hour out of the day to spend in nature. Find your favorite spot and reflect on what your favorite things are about nature in each season. What natural occurrences do you most look forward to in the fall, winter, spring and summer?

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.