Nature Journal

Formative Work


Develop your critical and creative thinking skills as well as reading, writing and viewing skills, as you seek to better understand Thoreau and transcendentalism through regular nature journal entries.

Lay the groundwork for future success in summative assessments.

Create some of the evidence needed to demonstrate competency in the context of your Semester Portfolio.



Nature Journaling

A nature journal is both a visual and a written record of a learner's observations and thoughts. Before heading outside, learners should keep in mind these nature journaling tips and tricks...


Find one thing to focus on at a time. Like that tree? Focus on a branch and then focus in on a leaf on that branch. Focus on something that could fit in the palm of your hand. Detail will be more easily captured and observed this way.


Check out the vein structure of a leaf or the limb structure of a tree. Are the limbs opposite each other or do they alternate? Check out the edge of a leaf. Is it smooth or toothed?

"Lean on Me"

Carry something to lean on so you can make notes to hold on to your thinking until you can write up your nature journal entry.

How to Nature Journal

Head outside. Find something natural to focus on. Make note of the time of day and weather. The describe your focus point (leaf, stone, section of a tree etc. ) with as much detail as possible. Lastly, scroll down to the second part to reflect on a passage from Thoreau's nature journal, Walden.

Sample Nature Journal Entry

Sample NatureJournal.pdf

See Google Classroom for your monthly nature journal entries.