Nature Journal Challenge

Nature Journal Challenge

While our galleries are temporarily closed and our communities practice social distancing, the UI Museum of Natural History welcomes our campus & community to participate in our Nature Journal Challenge! 

Even while working or studying from home, outside time everyday is encouraged! Sure, we'll avoid others and places like playgrounds but outdoor spaces for taking a solo stroll, hike, or just plain soaking it in are A-Ok and good for our mental health.

Join the likes of Darwin, Aldo Leopold, and natural scientists all around the world in keeping a daily nature journal! The possibilities are endless and we'll offer a daily prompt to help you keep inspired.

Here's how it works:

EVERYDAY: Record the date, weather conditions (temp? windy? sunny?), general observations, and each night take a peek at the moon and draw it's shape on that days' page. THEN find the daily entry challenge prompt on our social media channels (Facebook wall, Instagram stories). Do it!

PARENTS: We know you've found yourselves in the role of chef, maid, and homeschool teacher since the start of all this extra time at home. We think a nature journal is a wonderful help all around. Encourage kids to keep a journal of their own as a daily exercise. If you have very little ones, invite them to participate in any capacity they are able. It's ok for this to be a group project <3

SHARE: This project is intended to get us off-screens, but of course, we want to stay connected! Share your experience on occasion with a photo of your adventure, entry, or ideas for future prompts via social media! Ask your friends to participate. Use #mnhnaturejournal and be sure to tag us! Have an idea for an entry prompt?