images from a nature journal

We’re offering an introductory Nature Journal workshop at Shallow Ford Natural Area (SFNA) on June 4th, 2016, from 9:00am-10:30am. Join Environmental Educator Kim Brown at the Observation Deck to learn about nature journals and enjoy exploring SFNA. Kim will share a brief overview of natural journals and then you will have the chance to use your creativity to make your own journal. You will have time to complete your first journal entries at SFNA. No art experience necessary and all materials will be provided. Free and open to ages 16+. Limited space so sign up now on RecDesk!

Nature Journaling is a great way to record observations, perceptions and feelings about the natural world around you. Nature journals have a long history, and were kept by famous naturalists such as John Muir (founder of the Sierra Club), John James Audobon (renowned for his ornithological art), and Charles Darwin (iconic naturalist). They’ve served many purposes, including scientific observation, artistic expression, inspiration and source material for books, and more. Most importantly, they’re a great way to connect with nature and express your creativity.

There are many kinds of nature journals- there is no right or wrong way to make them and the possibilities for creativity are endless. They can include pressed flowers and leaves, sketches, written observations, logs of the seasons, and more. You can find numerous nature journal resources online, such as the introductory information page provided by the Sierra Club. Try searching for Nature Journals on Pinterest to find ideas and inspiration for what to include in yours and admire some impressive examples!


photo collage of nature journal examples

Photo Credit: The Nature Journals and journal pages featured in the photographs on this page are the work of Kim Brown, who will be leading the workshop.

References: Reference information about Nature Journals found on the Sierra Club website (see link above) and Wikipedia.