Nature Journal Writing Prompts

my nature journal 16 October 2005
my nature journal 16 October 2005

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


Keep a Seasonal Nature Journal 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


More Articles on Nature Journals

Nature Activities for Kids and Other Beginners

The Grinnell Method for Scientific Nature Journals

Nature Journal Diagrams

Basic Information for Keeping a Nature Journal 

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