If we want adults that are stewards for the environment, we need to include nature in education when they are younger so they can understand and appreciate the natural world. This need prompted the question, How do we utilize nature journals for school-age children to increase students’ understanding and appreciation of the natural world? Prior research has pointed to the benefits of teaching nature to youth, as well as the benefits of journaling in education. Nature journaling covers both sides of this equation, and helps foster sense of place and experiential learning. This capstone project was an activity guide similar to Project Learning Tree that focused on using nature journaling as a learning tool while outdoors learning about nature-centered topics. The activity guide was centered around third through fifth grade, and was designed for any outdoor area with as much natural area as possible. The goal of this project was to use nature journaling to help foster a strong positive relationship with students and nature, and help guide teachers to utilize nature journaling in formal and informal education.
Curriculum, Science, Nature Journal, Activity Guide
Hengel, Jennifer Ann, "Nature Journal Activity Guide - Grades 3-5" (2019). School of Education and Leadership Student Capstone Projects. 322.
School of Education Student Capstone Projects