Spring nature journal writing prompts can help fill your days with things to do, observe and journal.
Spring is a time of high activity. So much is happening it can be overwhelming. I learned to be choosy. I like to decide early in the season what to focus on for nature study.
One year, I noticed the beauty of tree blossoms and began to photograph them. Next I decided to focus on cloud formations, patterns and predicting weather.
So, to help you chose what to study in your nature journal, I have divided the list into topics. These nature activities and journal writing prompts are suitable for a wide range of ages.
Choose one topic area or several.
Journal Writing Prompts
Weather and Ecosystems
- Is it really rainy? How many rainy days are there?
- If there is a vernal pond near you, record the changes and happenings there.
- If you travel out of your region, notice what is happening in places away from your home.
- Keep track of the lengthening days. What time does the sun rise and set?
- Draw or photograph the new buds on trees.
- Keep a nature calendar of blooming flowers. Learn about blooming sequences and phenology.
- How many wind pollinated trees are in your neighborhood?
- Draw the parts and structure of flowers.
- Keep an eye out for roadkills. Roadkills can tell you what animals share your home area with you.
- Keep a list and draw the first butterflies. When do they emerge? Study their life cycles using butterfly identification and natural history guides.
- What insects emerge first?
- Listen for the first chorus of frogs
- Learn the differences between bumblebees, honey bees and other bees and wasps.
- Keep track of which migrating birds arrive first.
- Listen for the start of bird song. Try to learn the songs of two or three species.
- Take notice of the shrubs and trees where birds build their nests and establish territory.
- Watch birds has they go about their life cycle of migration, courtship and raising young.