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Nature Journaling

Nature journaling is a useful tool for noticing the little things in your everyday surroundings. In this activity, we will use nature journaling to
compare two environments!


Location 1: Local environment

 

1. Explore

Venture outside to a local vegetated area or near your school.
 

2. Prepare!

We are going to use art supplies and a simple notebook to create a nature journal. Find a nice place to sit that is safe and write down the date, location and weather conditions at the top of the page.

3. See!

Spend some quiet time at your chosen location and observe the plants and animals around you. Look down at the ground and try to spot the smallest thing you can see. Look as far as you can and try to spot the furthest thing you can see.

4. Hear!

Close your eyes and remain silent for 3 minutes. What sounds can you hear? How many sounds can you hear? Do certain sounds become louder the longer you listen to them?

5. Feel!

What textures are present on the ground you are sitting on? How do the plants in this area feel? How does the air feel?

3 way diagram with I see, I hear, I feel

6. Journal!

In your nature journal, draw a field sketch of your surroundings. Label all the features you have seen, heard and felt in this environment. You can draw any interesting features you saw up close in greater detail. You may even want to incorporate natural materials into your sketches!

7. Wonder!

Once you have finished your drawing, write three questions you have about this environment in your nature journal.
 

Location 2: Cumberland Plain Woodland

 

1. Explore

Explore the Cumberland Plain Woodland in 360º using the Virtual Woodland Wander and click on the hotspots to discover more about the plants and animals found here..

2. See!

Observe the plants and animals in the Woodland Wander. Look down at the ground and try to spot the smallest thing you can see. Look as far as you can and try to spot the furthest thing you can see.

3. Hear!

What sounds are playing in the Virtual Woodland Wonder? How many sounds can you hear?
 

4. Feel!

What textures do you think are present on the ground? How do you think the plants in this area feel? What do you think the weather is like?

3 way diagram with I feel, I see, I hear

5. Journal!

In your nature journal, draw a field sketch of a still from the Virtual Woodland Wander. Label all the features you have seen and heard in this environment. You can draw any interesting features you saw up close in greater detail.

6. Wonder!

Once you have finished your drawing, write three questions you have about this environment in your nature journal.

Location Location: Compare!

Venn diagrams are used to easily and clearly compare two or more things. The part where the circles overlap is where we list the similarities of the things we’re comparing, and in the parts of the circles that don’t overlap we can fill in things that are different.Use your journal entries for each environment and complete the Venn diagram below. Where the circles overlap, list the features that were the same in each environment. Where the circles don’t overlap, list the features that were unique to each environment.

venn diagram with Cumberland Plain Woodland and Local envrironment options
drawing of line of trees