Nature Journaling #216: The Early Bird Gets the Worm

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 red-bellied woodpecker sit on a tree, pecking around for potential food.

Today’s Prompt: The Early Bird Gets the Worm

Head outside early in the morning to see what animals might be up bright and early. Are they making noise? If so, describe that noise. Compare what you experience early in the morning to what you hear and see in the afternoon. Compare those observations again to what you experience in the evening. Are there differences? If so, what are they? Why do you think there are differences?

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.