Nature Journaling #284: The Many Names of the March Moon

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.

A bright full moon shines on a winter night over Winton Woods.

Today’s Prompt: The Many Names of the March Moon

Head outside tonight and look for the moon. It should be full and bright. March’s full moon goes by many names: Worm Moon because this is when the worms start appearing on the ground; Sap Moon because this is when the sap is running in the northeastern part of the country, which is where maple sugar comes from; and Sugar Moon because this is when maple sugar is made. Which one of these names is your favorite?

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.