Nature Journaling #275: Don’t Beware the Ides of March

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. 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.

Small green leaves and buds begin to grow on a tree branch.

Today’s Prompt: Don’t Beware the Ides of March

Today is known as the Ides of March. The word “Ides” means the middle of a month. Once it signified the new year and was cause for celebrations and rejoicing. You may also know the phrase from the William Shakespeare play, “Julius Caesar.” Caesar was warned to beware the Ides of March. But there is no reason to beware this date, because spring is on the horizon!

What part of spring makes you want to celebrate and rejoice?

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.