Nature Journaling #220: New Year, New Meteors

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.

Join us in keeping a nature journal throughout 2021. This is your journal – something to help you connect to the natural world around you and make discoveries along the way.

You can make note of certain things every day, like the temperature and weather conditions, and then work on the prompt we’ve given you. Or you can draw what you find during your nature observation time. Or a mixture of all of those things! And don’t worry, if the weather is too awful to go outside for your nature observation, take a peak out a window from the comfort of inside your home! If you do venture outside, you may want to take a small pocket notebook to make notes or quick sketches to work further with them when you get back inside. Also, use a pencil – ink in a pen could freeze if it is too cold! Any notebook will work for your journal.

Stars shine brightly over a forest at night.
Photo courtesy flickr user robin_24/Creative Commons (CC BY 2.0)

Today’s Prompt: New Year, New Meteors

Between January 2 and 3, the peak of the year’s first meteor shower, the Quadrantids, will happen. The best viewing is actually in the western part of the country. But if there are no clouds, you still might be able to see the fireballs as the meteors burn up when entering the earth’s atmosphere. If you go out this evening, get far away from bright lights. Then you may get lucky enough to see some meteors even though the moon is still pretty full. Write about your sky observations.

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.