Observe Nature

Observe Nature

Picture of a cherry blossom tree in bloom.

The first step in any scientific research process is careful observation. You can exercise your observation skills by noticing the world around you using your senses and curiosity. For example, slow down and absorb what you can see, hear, smell or touch. Observations using your senses is the simplest method of making observations and is always available to you in some capacity. Enjoy the process by giving yourself time to absorb anything and everything that's going on. 

When something catches your attention, think about what kinds of questions you could ask about how or why that thing is the way it is. For example, consider the images below and the questions they evoke:

Picture of clouds in the sky.

Photo of rainforest with a stream running through it.

Photo of tree leaves turning color in autumn.

How do cloud types differ?
How is stream water affected by nearby plants? When do trees start to lose their leaves in the fall?


What other questions come to mind when you look at these pictures?

Tip: Practice your sensory observation skills with our Water Detectives Learning Activity.