Journal About Rocks and Minerals!
The positive effects of journaling, especially for children, have been celebrated for decades. This log book by Daniel Brandt and DeAnna Brandt is designed to help kids build self-esteem as they create their own artwork and written observations―their own keepsake!
Inside You’ll Find:
Daniel Brandt grew up in the woods of Minnesota. He has worked with children during summer park programs and is a freelance graphic designer. He and his brother were the inspiration for and first users of the Nature Journals series. DeAnna Brandt is an artist and an author. She and her husband raised their sons in the woods, which provided endless nature encounters. Her Nature Journals were created out of a need to record those experiences.
When hunting for rocks/minerals, bring along this Rock Log and something to write with. A camera and magnifying glass are both useful but not necessary. Bring a bag/backpack to put the rocks in that you collect (ask an adult if it’s okay), a bottle of water to keep you hydrated, sturdy shoes, and a hat and sunscreen to keep you safe from the sun.
As you explore, fill out a Log page with information about the rock or mineral that you have found and draw a picture of it. If it is allowed (ask an adult), keep the rock for your collection. Identify what kind of rock/mineral it is using a field guide, a rock book, or using the internet to find out more about it.
You can record up to 30 rocks/minerals on your Life List. Transfer the dates and rock/mineral types from the Log pages to your Life List pages to create a quick view of your progress.
Learn more with the rock/mineral Facts and explore and play games with the Activities, all located on the right side of the Log pages.
There is more space to draw directly onto the Photos/Art pages, or attach your original artwork, a photo you’ve taken, a postcard, or a picture from a magazine.
Please leave rocks/minerals where you find them if on private land or publicly protected property. Before collecting anything, ask an adult if it’s okay. State and national parks have their own rules about what you can take from their property. Stay with an adult, and always ask permission before going onto private land.
Rock hunting in pits and on the edges of roads, highways, or roof-tops is not safe. Also use caution when rock hunting in or near streams, creeks, rivers, and lakes.
You don’t have to be outside to use this log. Bring this Rock Log and something to write with to a science museum or a natural history museum, watch a show on TV, or go online to check out more about rocks/minerals.