These nature journal writing prompts can be used as ideas for a few pages, a section or a whole notebook.
These ideas can be used for a day, a month or many years.
The topics can be used to inspire projects, essays, poems, drawings or taking photographs.
The basics of keeping a nature journal can be found here.
Find nature journal inspiration here.
Topics for Your Backyard or Neighborhood
- Use an observation checklist to answer basic questions
- Chose a place
- Choose a theme
- Indulge your list-making desires
- Do an activity and then write, where you went, what you did and what you learned
- Take a walk and describe what you see
- Observe local animals and be inspired to draw, photograph or write about them
- Study plants: flowers, shrubs, and trees
- Forecast the weather
- Keep birdwatching records
- Keep garden records
- Create a photo album
- Create a sketchbook journal
- Create a scrapbook
- Create a travel keepsake
Keeping Track of the Seasonal Cycles
- Use a seasonal round to study the lifeways of your indigenous ancestors, your current culture or the local indigenous peoples
- Study the circumpolar stars
- Keep phenology records
- Create your own nature almanac
Keep a Seasonal Nature Journal Writing Prompts
- for spring and spring writing prompts
- for summer journal and summer writing prompts
- for autumn seasonal journal and autumn writing prompts
- for winter seasonal journal and winter writing prompts
Great Books on Nature Journals
Keeping a Nature Journal: Discover a Whole New Way of Seeing the World Around You by Clare Walker and Charles E. Roth
The Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling by John Muir Laws
The Nature Connection: An Outdoor Workbook for Kids, Families, and Classrooms by Clare Walker Leslie
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The Grinnell Method for Scientific Nature Journals