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:
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
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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