Welcome back, campers! This week we are going to get to know the wildlife just outside our doors. Activate all of your senses and tune in to the smells, sounds, and sights that surround you. After this week, you will have trained yourself to be a keen observer of all wildlife activity, even in the most unexpected settings and moments.
We need a place to record and reflect on our observations. Ready-made or handmade, a nature journal is a wonderful way for kids and adults of all ages to learn about their environment and themselves.
A nature journal is very personal. It will be filled with words, art, observations, and sometimes leaves and pressed flowers. Find or make a journal that is easy to carry around on your summer adventures and that works best for you. (If you love to paint, get a journal with watercolor paper; if you want to take field notes in all weather conditions, purchase a waterproof notebook.) Take notes, write reflections, sketch pictures—record your observations in whatever way makes sense to you. A consistent practice of quiet observation and journaling will help you discover the fascinating wildlife diversity right at home.