Looking for special way to document your outdoor adventures? Try nature journaling! Nature journals can be enjoyed by young and the young-at-heart, used at home or on vacation. There’s no right or wrong way to use a nature journal.
You can purchase journals or make your own. Once you have your journal, go outside to your backyard, neighborhood park or a scenic location while you are traveling on vacation. Sit down and look around. What do you see? What do you hear? Make a list or draw a picture of what you see. Write down your feelings and your thoughts. Create a poem. Collect fallen leaves to press in your journal.
- Notebook or heavy paper
- pencil or color pencils
- watercolor paint and brushes
- glue stick
- magnifying glass
- bird, plant, wildlife field guides
- tote bag to carry supplies
Source: Nature Journaling. Youth Gardening Activities – Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County
- National Wildlife Federation – Make a Nature Notebook
- Nature Journals – Penn State Extension
- Exploring Nature with Children – Oregon State Extension
- Smithsonian in Your Classroom – Introduction to the Nature Journal
- Make a Nature Journal
Make Recycled Paper:
- Make Your Own Paper – Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
- National Wildlife Federation – Make Recycled Paper
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