Get Crafty: Nature Journal

Tracy Lyons – SCA NH Corps – Discover the Power of Parks Interpretive Ranger

New Hampshire is a state filled with incredible nature. There are adventures to go on all over the state from kayaking at White Lake, to camping at Greenfield, or even climbing Mount Monadnock. While you’re exploring all that New Hampshire has to offer, a great way to keep record of those adventure in nature is keeping a nature journal. It’s simple to make your own journal at home with just a few supplies.

Step 1: Gather Your Supplies

The first step to creating your journal is to gather all the supplies. Pick your favorite color of construction paper, this will be the cover of your journal and have three pieces of white printer paper that will be the pages. Grab a stapler and some supplies to decorate your journal.

Step 2: Fold the Paper

To create the journal shape you are going to fold the construction paper and each of the papers landscape style.

Step 3: Assemble the Pieces

Now you will assemble your journal. Place the three pieces of white paper inside of each other. Then place those papers inside of your construction paper. To hold it all together staple at the top and bottom of the folded side.

Step 4: Decoration

Now the fun step, you get to decorate the outside of your journal! Add your name and then maybe draw your favorite flowers or animals. If have some stickers add them to front as well. It’s your journal so decorate it however you want.

Step 5: Fill Your Journal

Prompts to help you fill your journal:

  1. Sit and Listen: Find a spot and sit quietly for a couple minutes. Draw or list what you hear
  2. If you could be any animal what would it be? Draw your animal!
  3. Take a hike. Draw or list what animals and plants you see.
  4. What is your favorite thing to do in nature? Why?
  5. Find a wildflower or a tree and draw a picture of it

It won’t be hard to fill your journal with all the diversity New Hampshire has to offer. It can be anything from recording your journey hiking the 4,000 footers or drawing the wildlife or plants you find in your own backyard. Whatever inspires you can fill the pages. Have fun exploring!


Discover Power of Parks SCA Interpreters

Discover the Power of Parks is presented by New Hampshire State Parks in collaboration with the Student Conservation Association and AmeriCorps and made possible by generous financial support from Eversource. The program offers a look into the natural world through hands-on programming. Interpretive programs focus on connecting participants with nature and building appreciation for New Hampshire's unmatched natural heritage. Programs include guided hikes, interpretive tours, and imaginative environmental workshops for children and families. Programs are offered free to guests with paid park admission fee. No pre-registration is required.

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