Fall Nature Walk

Sunday, 23 September 2018


Nature walks are a great way for children to experience firsthand the changes each season brings.

Here are some things you can do before, during, and after a fall nature walk to help children notice and appreciate the signs of the season.

Before the Walk

Bring in a sign of fall to share with children such as leaves, pumpkins, acorns, apples, gourds or a corn stalk.  Ask children to share why they think it is a sign of fall and let them explore the object in your science center.

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Set the stage for the walk by choosing a favorite fall book to share.  Invite them to search and name the "signs of fall" they see in the illustrations. 

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Brainstorm what you might see on your fall walk.  Help children organize their thinking by creating categories that include plants, animals, weather, and people.  Accept all responses!

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Prepare children for the walk by explaining that they will be "nature detectives" searching for signs of fall and pack supplies such as magnifying glasses, pencils, field notes, and clip boards or white boards.

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During the Walk

Choose specific stopping points along the way for children to "stop and jot" their observations.

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Take photos on your walk to use as a resource once you are back in the classroom. Be sure to save these and compare to the photos you will take on your winter and spring walks so children can observe seasonal changes over time.

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After the Walk

Ask children to share the "signs of fall" they discovered and the photographs that were taken.

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Return to the chart you made before the walk and let children document what they actually saw in words and/or pictures.

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Invite children to continue to look for signs of the season beyond the walk and bring in fall "wonders" to observe, sketch, and explore.

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Work with children to identify the colors of fall and offer these colors in the form of paint, paper, and loose parts in your art center.



Create art to represent the "signs of fall" you observed on your walk and use them to make a fall mural.  Use interactive writing to label with fall words.


...And Repeat!

Take a nature walk in ALL four seasons and repeat the above experiences to provide opportunities for children to observe and note patterns of seasonal change over time.



And if you enjoy the fall nature walk experience, try taking a leaf walk to help kids identify the trees found on your school property.




Wishing you a joy and wonder-filled autumn with your kiddos! 


 Thanks for stopping by!

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