Nature Journaling #209: Search for Signs of Animal Life

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 beaver lodge, made of young trees and large sticks, sits in the water at Glenwood Gardens.
Do you think you’ll find a beaver lodge like this one spotted at Glenwood Gardens in March? (Photo by Lisa Salehpour)

Today’s Prompt: Search for Signs of Animal Life

On today’s exploration of your neighborhood, try to find signs of animal life. Look for tracks, tunnels, trails or even homes made by animals. Which animal made the things you found? What do you think they were doing? Where do you think they were going?

Remember, do not disturb an animal’s home and always leave nature better than how you found it.

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.