|Observing nature on holiday|
|Four pages recording a West Coast walk in autumn|
Always write down the date and place you saw things, it's a good idea to note what the weather was like too. Write down your name and any other observers on your walk.
When you write about something interesting that you see, think of all the words you could use to describe it. You could describe the colour, texture, size, where it was growing, what it was doing, what noise it was making. You might want to compare two different animals or plants.
|Comparing two different vines|
|Observing Tūī in the garden, photos illustrate this journal,|
the chicks didn't stay still long enough for me to draw them!
To make your Nature Journal
Download and print out the template. It folds up into a zine-style booklet.
|The foldable Nature Journal format|
Here's how to fold an A4 page into a booklet. If you are using the downloadable template you will see the fold lines already marked, so start folding along these. There is only one cut to make, see step 5 below, 6, 7&8 show you how to fold the template after it's been cut.
Botanical Gardens (such as Auckland Botanic Gardens) and museums sometimes run nature journal activities for children (and adults), check out events at your local botanical garden.
Making Zines https://explorediscovernature.blogspot.co.nz/2018/01/nature-kids-making-zines-to-spread-word.html
Nature Study Ideas https://explorediscovernature.blogspot.co.nz/2017/05/autumn-april-and-may-nature-study-ideas.html