Nature Journaling #217: Sunny Winter Weather

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 sets among snow-covered trees. The sun is shining a bright orange.

Today’s Prompt: Sunny Winter Weather

Check with the local weather station and find out what time the sun will rise or set today. Be outside about 15 minutes before either one, or if you’re adventurous, both. Describe the changes to the sky as the sun rises or sets. What did you like best? Do you prefer a sunrise or a sunset? Draw a picture of your most favorite view.

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.