How do we know what we know about nature? From observation – looking carefully. Here’s a fun activity to practice your nature observation.
What you need:
- Printouts of these three pages
- Pen or pencil
Go to a wild place, like the woods, or a river, or even just a park. Take your time and look around.
Try to find:
- three different kinds of tree leaves
- three different kinds of flowers
- three different kinds of insects
- three different kinds of birds
- three different signs that animals have passed by
(this could be almost anything: footprints, tooth marks, feathers, eggshells, nutshells, even poop)
- three other interesting things
For each one you find, look at it carefully and draw a picture of it in the box provided. Write its name if you know it. If you don’t, that’s okay too!
Here’s one I did in a marsh close to where I live:
What else can you find by looking carefully at nature?
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