Backyard Field Guide

Create a Field Guide, or "collection" of organisms you can find in your yard!


This is the fourth activity in our series on nature journaling based on practices and activities from "How to Teach Nature Journaling" by John Muir Laws and Emilie Lygren.

Why Use a Nature Journal? - From Laws and Lygren

- To slow down, pay attention, and experience awe and wonder.

- To develop students' creativity and critical thinking skills.

- To develop students' science identity through authentic science practices.

- To nurture connection with nature.

- To build an inclusive culture of curiosity in the family or classroom.

- To support interdisciplinary learning.


Open the activity here!


Feeling crafty? Create your own recycled journal for your Field Guide! Check out a simple design here!


Snap a picture of your completed field guide and send it our way on social media! We'd love to check it out!



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