Now that we’ve got our Nature Journals, it’s time to fill them up!
You can fill your Nature Journal with things you see on nature walks, or even in your own backyard!
The important thing is to look carefully at the animals and plants you see, and make observations about them.
NOTE: NEVER APPROACH A WILD ANIMAL, ESPECIALLY IF IT MIGHT BE SICK. NEVER TOUCH AN UNFAMILIAR PLANT WITHOUT AN ADULT’S PERMISSION.
You can also check out a nature guide, like this one:
(Let’s Find It! My First Nature Guide, by Katya Arnold. E ARN)
For example, look at this picture:
(Photo credit to: http://www.naturescene.co.uk/flowers/plants/Ruscus%20aculeatus.html)
What do you notice about the plants? Do you see how the grass is long and green? What about the other plants? Why would there still be dead leaves there? Imagine you are standing on the path. What would you smell? What sounds do you hear?
Now focus on one kind of plant. What do the leaves look like? How about the stems? Does it have flowers? What color are they? What do they smell like? You can write down descriptions, draw pictures, or come up with your own way of recording things. Try it in your own backyard, or the next time you go on a nature walk!
Tune in next time for our tips on how to record animals in your Nature Journal, and please come visit the library soon! We would love to have you show us your favorite pages.