Plants & Kids
Nature Journaling
Mary Jane Frogge, Nebraska Extension Associate
Nature Journaling
There is no one way, or right way, to make a nature journal. Let your imagination be your guide. Image by Mary Jane Frogge.


  • Notebook or heavy paper
  • pencil or color pencils

Picture of optional tools for journaling.Optional supplies:

  • markers
  • watercolor paint and brushes
  • tape
  • scissors
  • glue stick
  • magnifying glass
  • bird, plant, wildlife field guides
  • camera
  • tote bag to carry supplies

Go outside to your backyard, neighborhood park or favorite outdoor space. Sit down and look around. What do you see? Make a list or draw a picture of what you see. Write down what you are feeling and your thoughts. Write a poem.

Collect fallen leaves to press in your notebook.

There is no one way or right way to make a nature journal. This book is about what you see. Take it with you on all your outdoor adventures.

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