NOTICE more through sketching and describing!

 
I do not consider myself to be a sketch artist at ALL, yet I undertook a nature journal in 2008, and continued it for the next year and beyond.
 
Mine was a simple black-and-white ordeal in a hardcover spiral-bound sketchbook, and although it’s no masterpiece, it records some of my all-time favorite outdoor adventures with my children, exploring various parks and natural areas in western Michigan.
 
Here is part of a page from my first nature journal:

nature journal sketches descriptions species related oak hickory forest

 
Adding color can certainly make nature journaling more fun, but the very basics are simply recording the date and time, location, weather conditions, and whatever observations you make — either in pictorial or written format, but typically in a combination of the two.
 
With today’s array of media and technology innovations, you could certainly maintain a digital or even online nature journal, potentially sharing your discoveries with the world. I have done something of this sort with my site The Creator’s Heart: Tidbits of Nature.
 
Below are just a few of the many available YouTube tutorials and examples on Nature Journaling, followed by a few links to text-based instructions and ideas.

 
More on this topic:
Mother Nature Network
NWF Blog
Wiki How
Sierra Club
Project Learning Tree
John Muir Laws
Bird Sleuth K-12
Handbook of Nature Study
Pinterest Idea Board
Nature Journaling Group on Flickr

 


 

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