In Conversation with Clare Walker Leslie

Meet the woman who coined the term “nature journaling” and went on to become one of the most influential and inspiring nature journaling leaders – Clare Walker Leslie!!!

One of John Muir Laws’ most important mentors and influences, Clare Walker Leslie’s book “Nature Drawing: A Tool for Learning” started him on his path to nature journaling when he was a kid. Clare has been teaching nature journaling for more than 40 years, writing 13 books in the process. She is a wise and inspiring teacher with lessons for our journals and lives.

Clare Walker Leslie’s website:

Clare’s books shown during her and Jack’s conversation (in order of appearance):
– Nature Drawing: A Tool for Learning (originally published in 1980)
– How to Look at a Bird: Open Your Eyes to the Joy of Watching and Knowing Birds (2024)
– Nature Journaling: Learning to Observe and Connect with the World Around You (1998)
– Nature All Year Long (2002)
– The Nature Connection: An Outdoor Workbook for Kids, Families, and Classrooms (2010)

More books by Clare Walker Leslie:
– A Naturalist’s Sketchbook: Pages from the Seasons of a Year (1987)
– The Art of Field Sketching (1995)
– Keeping a Nature Journal: Deepen Your Connection with the Natural World All Around You (originally published in 2000)
– Nature Journal: A Guided Journal for Illustrating and Recording Your Observations of the Natural World (2003)
– Drawn to Nature: Through the Journals of Clare Walker Leslie (2005)
– The Curious Nature Guide: Explore the Natural Wonders Around You (2015)
– A Year in Nature: A Memoir of Solace (2020)

Some of the artists, writers, and philosophers mentioned during this conversation: Jane Goodall, EO Wilson, Roger Tory Peterson, Robert Bateman, John Busby, Eric Ennion, Gunnar Brusewitz, Charles Darwin, Louis Agassiz Fuertes, John Fitzpatrick, Beatrix Potter, Andy Wyeth, Rembrandt, Lars Jonsson, Yo-Yo Ma, and others!

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