Winter Nature Journal Prompts

Often it is too cold to stay outside and write or draw in our nature journals. It helps to plan what to look at before you go outside. This list of winter nature journal prompts to guide and inspire you.

A List of Winter Nature Journal Prompts

  • Identify tree twigs
  • Scout out the different colors of winter
  • Learn the circumpolar stars. These are the stars that are always in the sky since they circle the North or South pole.
  • Look for signs of insects – galls, leaf miners and leaf rollers
  • Identifying winter birds – with so few around they are easy to learn
  • Begin to feed winter birds
  • Which birds are still around?
  • What are they eating?
  • Identify winter grasses and plants
  • Learn the difference between evergreen (or conifer) trees
  • Look for winter seed heads and berries – Which are eaten last by birds and other animals?
  • Look for signs of winter mammals – tunnels, trails, and tracks.
  • Look for old birds nests in trees, shrubs and under house eaves
  • Learn the difference between evergreen plants.
  • Which plants stay green in winter?
  • Sketch or photograph animals tracks in the mud and snow.
  • Record the activity in the night sky.
  • Record the moon phases, or the setting or rising sun
  • Sketch or photograph trees silhouettes.
  • Record signs of animal activity.
  • Record the different types of pine cones

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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  1. […] But, winter is also the time of aching joints and bad colds. We live seasonally without even thinking about it. The winter is a perfect time to start closely studying nature. It is easier simply because there is less stuff around. Fewer birds, fewer trees with leaves, just less going on. So, check out these winter nature journal writing prompts. […]

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