Nature Journaling

It’s a great time to be outdoors, and nature journaling is a way to enjoy it even more! When you keep a nature journal, you’re keeping a record of the things you see, hear, feel, and think about as you spend time outside. Here’s all you need to get started:

Nature Journaling

  • A journal – This can be a notebook, a sketchbook, or a home-made journal. To make a journal, simply take some blank sheets of paper (10 is a good number to start with) and fold them in half. You can bind them together by stapling them, using brads, or lacing them together. You can also make a journal just by placing some paper in a 3 ring binder or folder.
  • A pencil or pencil
  • Optional supplies include markers, colored pencils, watercolors, and field guides

What to do:

Take your journal and your pencil outside. Draw those things in nature that you notice – mushrooms growing by a log, a bird’s nest, a beetle, a shiny rock. Color in your drawings, or leave them in pencil. You can also write about the object. What does it look like? What does it remind you of? Does it make you feel a certain way? Does a special poem or saying come to mind? Write it down! Other things you’ll want to include on the page:

  • Date
  • Time
  • Place
  • Weather

What else can go in your journal? You can use field guides to find the common and scientific names of the plants, animals, and rocks you see. You can take photographs and add them later. You might also include leaf rubbings and pressed flowers.

Remember, your nature journal is a reflection of you; it won’t be like anyone else’s. Now head outside – and enjoy!

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Article By Samantha Bell

Photo By jimmiehomeschoolmom

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