There are a couple of ways to do this. You can just carry a small notebook or post it pad in your back pocket and jot down anything that the kids call out that catches their eye. Or you can get out your technology and use your smartphone to record your nature find. The advantage of the smartphone is that you can take photos along the way too. Photos of things you don’t know the name for, and, perhaps more importantly, photos of your little naturalist in action!
Similar to the phenology calendar, a species catalog can be used to inspire more a involved journal entry late, when you have time to sit down and get out the journals. (Make sure you put the date of the observation, rather then the date you complete the entry if it is done at a later date). But honestly, even if you never get around to the “prettier” journal pages, your list of your encounters in nature and the validation you provide to your children about their observations hold immeasurable value (I promise!)
|An example of a journal page inspired by a Evernote “species catalog” file gathered while on the move on vacation in Arizona|