A list of questions to inspire your inner observer

Use these prompts to start off a day exploring nature, to reset after lunch, or anytime!

Use them as thoughtful explorations or as journaling prompts.


How far does a squirrel run from a tree?

Spend 15 minutes outside. What do you notice? What do you wonder?

Write a short story as though you were a tadpole growing into a frog.

When you are outside, what are you most thankful for?

What sounds did you enjoy today? What did you dislike? What were the sources of the sounds you heard?

What do you think its like to be a cloud looking down at the Earth?

Observe a patch of grass for 5 minutes.  What do you see?

Dig with a shovel and draw what you see in your nature journal.

How do most organisms in the soil move?

Go outside and listen to a bird song. Can you count the notes? Can you put it to words in your nature journal?

Can you recognize a bird by its song?

Sit in three different locations in your yard. Which spot feels the warmest? Which spot feels the coolest? Why?

Sit for 5 minutes and record the sounds you hear.

Why is it cooler when you sit under a tree?

Which tree in your yard or in the park is budding first? Why do you think that is?

Do trees in the canopy or the understory have the most buds?

What do you think your neighborhood looked like 100 years ago? What will it look like in 1,000 years?

Lay on the grass or on a blanket and look up. What shapes do you see in the clouds?


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