Keeping a nature journal is a fantastic way to connect with nature!
What to journal about?
You can draw any plants, animals, fungi, or nature scenes that you like. Ideas include the birds in your backyard, blades of grass, rural landscapes, pebbles at the beach, or birds flying over the city skyline. The sky’s the limit!
Where to find inspiration for your nature journal?
The benefit of journaling is that it can be done anywhere. You can record the plants and animals in your backyard, at school, or in a local park. You can take your journal on family travels and keep a record of all the interesting things you see.
How to keep a nature journal?
All you need is some paper and a pencil, marker, or pen to create line drawings or sketches. To add color, you can use colored pencils, crayons, chalk, markers, watercolor paints, or other paints.
There is no one style of nature journal. Your journal belongs to you, so get creative!
Sometimes, it’s fun to write down your observations of the things you are journaling about. For example, imagine you are drawing a bird. You could write down:
- where you saw it (in your backyard, at the beach, in a pond, etc.)
- what it was doing (catching insects, flying, swimming, singing, etc.)
- interesting physical features (long tail feathers, crest on head, large feet, etc.)