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.


Use an observation checklist to answer basic questions

Chose a place

Choose a theme

Create your own nature almanac

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

Keep phenology records

Forecast the weather

Study the sky – stars, moon, and sun

Keep a seasonal journal

  • 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

Keep birdwatching records

Keep garden records

Create a photo album

Create a sketchbook journal

Create a scrapbook

Create a travel keepsake

Study the lifeways of your indigenous ancestors, your current culture or the local indigenous peoples

The Best Books on Keeping a Nature Journal – links to

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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