I brought some empty notebooks, pens, pencils, crayons, and tape on our camping trip so everybody could make their own nature journal. I think it's the best way to remember and store all of the cool stuff you see when out in nature. Here, I'll show you how you can make one too!
Get a notebook that is a style and size that you are comfortable with. It can either be blank or lined, but spiral bound notebooks are the best type for this kind of journal.
Also make sure it is roomy enough for you to draw in it or to glue in samples (like flowers or leaves). Your nature journal is basically just a record that you keep of things that catch your eye when you are outside.
Here are some ideas of the kinds of things that you can put in your nature journal.
If you're stuck on how to get started try getting out your drawing supplies and drawing your favorite tree in your backyard. Along with the drawing write down any observations you make about the tree and maybe take a sample of its leaves to tape into your book.
After you add drawings or samples to your journal, find out what they are and write them down. Your parents or a friend might know, or else you can always look it up. But if you don't know what something is while looking at it don't worry about it. Just write and draw what you see with the best description you can give and you can always figure out what it is later.
Try filling a whole page with just stuff you see from one spot, and see how it all adds up to really give you an good idea about a place!
If you are lucky enough to come across something like baby birds in a nest, you can do an ongoing entry in your journal where you check on them every couple of days and record their changes. Just make sure not to get too close to wild animals, and of course never touch them.
Uh oh, I better go explain it a little better to Kiweenie. I see him over by a bush squishing bugs in his book and then licking the pages! Oh yeah, that's another rule—don’t ever kill anything to put it in your journal. If it is alive, then draw a picture to remember it by. Have fun nature journaling!