Spring is Blooming: Make a Flower File

Spring is almost here! If you’re anxious to be outside in some warmer weather, here’s a fun activity you can enjoy all spring, summer, and fall!
A flower file is a record of all the wildflowers you find throughout the year. To get started, you’ll need:

Flower File

  • A digital camera
  • A pen or pencil
  • A notebook
  • 4” x 6” notecards
  • A Glue stickA flower identification guide, such as The National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Wildflowers: Western Region or Eastern Region. You can either find one at the library or purchase your own copy.

You can start this activity when you spot a wildflower in your yard or in your hometown. You can include garden flowers as well. When you see a flower, here’s what you do:

Using the digital camera, take a photo of the wildflower.

In your notebook, write down a description of the flower. Also record the date you saw the flower and where you saw it.

Next, print the photo at home or have it printed at the store. Be sure the print size is 4” x 6”.

Using the glue stick, glue the photo onto a 4” x 6” notecard.

Now, use your flower identification guide to find out the name of the flower you saw. Write this name on the back of the card near the top. You might also want to write down the scientific name.

Time to get out your notebook! Find the description of the flower that matches your photo. Then, under the name of the flower on the notecard, copy the date you saw the flower, the place you saw it, and anything else you noticed.

Your first flower file card is complete! But there will soon be more to do. Keep your camera and notebook handy, and each time you see a flower blooming, take a photo and write down the information. Then make a new card. You can keep your cards together with a rubber band or in a file box. Soon you’ll have your own flower file!

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Article By Samantha Bell

Photo By Christian Haugen

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