Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus)

The Seasonal Nature Journal

Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus)

The seasonal nature journal records the observations you make as winter melts into spring or follows the path of the stars. By observing the natural world we can adjust to its larger rhythms.

Keeping this type of notebook can begin during any time of the year.

Northern Blue Flag (Iris versicolor)
Northern Blue Flag (Iris versicolor)

Spring Nature Journal

Nature in Spring is the time of reproduction for plants and animals. Pollination and mating are similar activities with similar outcomes, seeds or babies.

There are spring nature activities which focus on all the new events and happenings from returning birds to the sequence of spring bloom. The list of spring journal writing prompts is full of ideas to study and draw.

Butterfly-weed (Asclepias tuberosa)
Butterfly-weed (Asclepias tuberosa)

Summer Nature Journal

Nature in Summer is warm temperatures and afternoon thunderstorms.  Bumblebees with bulging pollen sacks bob up and down as they move from flower to flower.  Summer nature activities focus on growth and maturity. Baby birds hatch and quickly mature. Coral Honeysuckles blossom and entice hummingbirds to sip the nectar deep within the tubular flowers. Capturing the deep reds, oranges, and golds on flowers in sketches or photographs in your nature journal is a project for the whole season. Here is a list of summer nature journal writing prompts for topic ideas.

acorns and leaves of a Pin Oak (Quercus palustris)
acorns and leaves of a Pin Oak (Quercus palustris)

Autumn Nature Journal

Autumn is my favorite time. Leaves change, Monarch butterflies migrate. The last cricket continues to play its own violin. Quiet, dark and starry skies define the autumn night.  And special autumn moons dominate the night sky. Drawing nature in autumn means have the right shade of oranges, rusty reds, and golds in your paint or pencil box. At the end of a season of autumn nature journaling, you can have a notebook full of color and beauty that delights you throughout the long winter. Autumn nature journal writing prompts provide ideas for things to do.

Carolina/Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile spp.)
Carolina/Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile spp.)

Winter Nature Journal

Winter is a quiet season. A mystery made deeper because many animals are hidden. Books about winter can teach us about those mysteries of the season.  There is still much to do in winter. Winter nature activities provide ideas and winter nature journal writing prompts provide inspiration. Also Winter Photography Tips.

The Best Books on Keeping a Nature Journal – links to Amazon.com

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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