We live in a world of beauty and wonder. Train your mind to see deeply and with intentional curiosity, and the world will open before you. Keeping a journal of your observations, questions, and reflections will enrich your experiences and develop gratitude, reverence, and the skills of a naturalist. The goal of nature journaling is not to create a portfolio of pretty pictures but to develop a tool to help you see, wonder, and remember your experiences. You can learn to do this. You do not need to be an artist or a naturalist. These are skills you will develop as you go. The time to begin is now.
Nature Journal Curriculum Field Testers Needed
We have received funding to revise our nature journaling curriculum Opening the World Through Nature Journaling. The 3rd edition will include new activities, updated drawing and journaling strategies, a section on alignment to the Next Generation Science Standards, and more. We're looking for educators (e.g. classroom teachers, homeschool parents, outdoor educators) to be field reviewers of drafts of our activities, and we would like to invite you to take part. Field testers will get early access to drafts of activities and the opportunity to try them out with students in exchange for giving us some feedback.
Field reviewers commitment to us:
- to give feedback on at least three (and at most, as many as you would like) of the activities or sections we send you. (Mostly, which ones you choose to review will be at your discretion, though we might ask you to review a specific activity)
- to not share, post, or otherwise pass on the draft copies of the project. (showing the activity to a colleague and discussing it in enough detail so they could lead it with their students is fine).
- to share high resolution (300dpi) scans of student work with permission to be included as illustrations in the final copy.
If you would like participate, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject "field test." You will be added to an email list where we will send drafts and survey questions for review. Thanks for what you all do in the world. Your work is so important, and we are grateful to be in collaboration with you.
Classes, Lectures, Workshops, and Private Lessons
I teach workshops and give public lectures about nature stewardship, journaling, drawing birds, natural history and observation. Browse my current schedule for programs or contact me if you would like to schedule a program or private lessons.
The Nature Journal Club
Learn to keep a nature journal. Join free nature journaling workshops and field trips every month. The Nature Journal Club is a family friendly, intergenerational community who connect with nature through art and field journaling. See the full schedule, learn more and get sketching! Learn how to start your own Nature Journal Club in your area (I can help you).
Free Teacher and Homeschool Resources
Nature Journaling Curriculum The second edition of the acclaimed curriculum, Opening the World Through Nature Journaling, and field journaling lesson plans from the BEETLES team of the Lawrence Hall of Science are now available as a free download. The curriculum now includes more great kid tested sketching activities, poetry writing, and more detailed tips on drawing in nature (you will love the material on drawing plants). This is a great resource for teachers, outdoor leaders, and home school parents.
NGSS Crosscutting Concept Posters Are you a teacher? Would you like to decorate your classrooms with posters that remind you and your students of the big ideas in science and engineering? I have created free crosscutting concept posters. Print the grayscale posters and put them up today. Print the lineart versions for your students to color. Free download here.