Nature Journaling #248: Be an At-Home Weatherperson

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.

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.

Rain falls on tree branches at Winton Woods.

Today’s Prompt: Be an At-Home Weatherperson

The National Weather Service celebrates today as National Weatherperson’s Day. February 5 commemorates John Jeffries’ birthday, who was born on this day in 1744. Jeffries was one of America’s first weather observers. He began taking daily weather observations in 1774.

Do you have an interest in the weather? Do you take a look at the sky each day and make note of how the clouds look? Can you tell when a storm is coming? If you studied the weather, what would be your favorite part?

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.