Nature Journaling #278: Celebrate the Arrival of Spring

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.

An eastern bluebird perches on a spiky tree branch.

Today’s Prompt: Celebrate the Arrival of Spring

Today is the spring equinox, the day when the length of daylight and night are equal. The sun is over the equator. From this day until the summer solstice in June, the length of daylight will grow each day.

Pay attention to the animals in your neighborhood today. Are they more active later in the day or earlier in the day? What time does the sun set today? How does the lengthening daylight affect you?

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.