Nature Journaling #215: Get Outside in Winter

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 person in neon yellow jacket rides a bike on the paved trail at Miami Whitewater Forest.

Today’s Prompt: Get Outside in Winter

During winter, we tend to stay indoors more than we do during the summer. Bundle up and spend 30 minutes outside doing something you think is fun – walk, run, bike, pick weeds (instead of flowers), look for traces of animals like bugs, mammals and birds. Reflect on how you feel when you are outside.

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.