Nature Journaling #281: The Nest Big Thing

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.

Five white and brown speckled eggs sit in a hidden nest.
If you do spy a creature’s nest, remember to observe only with your eyes and never touch. Photo by Kris Spaeth/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Midwest Region

Today’s Prompt: The Nest Big Thing

Head to your favorite tree. What has changed since the last time you visited it? Are the leaves starting to come out? Can you see if any birds or squirrels are building nests in your favorite tree? If so, pay attention to those nests throughout the spring and summer and record activity you see there.

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.