The act of observing nature seems pretty straight forward. You simply go outside and look at all the trees, plants and animals, right? Not exactly. Observation is mainly the act of gathering information about something.
Humans have been observing nature for thousands of years for the purpose of acquiring knowledge for survival. Fortunately, in recent history, humans have the luxury of observing nature at will, to learn more about it and to be inspired by it.
In nature study, observation is an essential activity. Done right, it’s a sensory experience that allow participants to learn more about different parts of nature. Let’s explore a few different ways to observation can play a part in nature study:
- Watching how the trees change through the seasons and keeping a journal about it.
- Exploring the patterns on a plant and making a drawing of it.
- Watching an animal or insect for a while and writig down it’s unique habits.
- Finding different flowers and writing a poem about it.
- Collecting stones and exploring how they differ through touch.
- Painting the sunset.
These are all unique ways you can use your senses to observe and explore nature. It’s important to practice using all our senses and noticing small details and patterns to really take in nature and all it has to offer.
Want to start nature study in the new year?
If you’re interested in nature study, but have no idea where to start, check our free resources to start your nature study with your kids. Start your nature journaling journey with your family today. For more please check our Nature Journaling Thru The Seasons shop & Nature Study curriculum affiliates. Thank you.