Find a place where you can settle in, quiet down, and listen for nature’s story.

Start with a blank piece of paper. Draw an X in the center of the page; that’s you. Next, spend as long as you can simply listening. When you hear a sound, write a word (peep) or draw a symbol (a beak) on the paper that shows where the sound is in relation to your position, in front of, behind, left or right of you. When your listening time ends, look at your sound map. What “story” does it suggest? What have you learned about the land and who lives there from listening? What thoughts and feelings came up while you were being a quiet listener?

Borrowed from here.

Sound Map

Sound Map” flickr photo by byzantiumbooks shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license

This October (8-22), join the National Writing Project and the National Park Service for Write Out 2023. Organized as a public invitation to get out and create, supported by a series of free online activities, Write Out invites educators, students, and families to explore national parks and other public spaces. The goal is to connect and learn through place-based writing and sharing. This year’s theme is Poetry, Prose and Parks! Learn more and sign up:

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