Nature Journaling: Starting and Growing

What Is Nature Journaling?

Nature Journaling is collecting and organizing your observations, questions, connections, and explanations on the pages of a notebook using words pictures, and numbers. The process is creative, fun, and opens your eyes to wonder. It helps you discover, think, remember, and integrate new information with your existing knowledge. These skills can be learned by anyone, and you can develop them with deliberate practice.

Keeping a journal of your observations, questions, and reflections will enrich your experiences and develop observation, curiosity, gratitude, reverence, memory, and the skills of a naturalist. Train your mind, and the world will offer you its secrets of wonder and beauty. You do not need to be an artist or a naturalist to begin. These are skills you will develop as you go. Start now: you can do this, and the world is waiting.

Free Live Online Workshops

Need some help getting started or fresh ideas to spice up your practice? Join me online for three one-hour nature journaling workshops every week at 12:00 PM Noon (Pacific Daylight Time). See the schedule for details and links to join any of the meetings. It’s new topics for every class!

  • Tuesday: Ask Jack” Open office hours where you come with your nature top journaling questions that we troubleshoot together.
  • Wednesday: Educator Forum. Join nature journaling educators from around the globe for a discussion of best practices and teaching strategies.
  • Thursday: The Nature Journal Workshop. A deep dive into the details of drawing and journaling strategies. Be sure to check the event description each week for the topic and supply list and sometimes downloadable classroom materials.

Recorded Workshops and Blog Tutorials

If you have missed any of the tutorials or classes, you can watch most of them any time by visiting my blog archive. Skim the categories and find a class that is right for you.

Books and Materials

I have written several books on nature drawing and journaling that can help you get started, including The Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling, and The Laws Guide to Drawing Birds. Visit my store to see these and other books, as well as art supplies and free educational downloads. When you shop in my store, it helps support me and my many free educational resources. Thank you for your support.

The Nature Journal Connection

Coming Fall 2020. Join me each week for a free 15-min recorded nature journaling workshop featuring fun and engaging activities that build the skills of a scientist, naturalist, artist, and observer. Appropriate for children of all ages as well as adults, this program will connect science, language arts, math, visual arts, critical thinking, and mindfulness. Learn More.

The Nature Journal Club

One of the best ways to grow is to join a community of journalers who share ideas and inspiration. Join the Nature Journal Club today! We are an international movement that integrates art, science, and nature exploration. A Nature Journal Club is a diverse family-friendly, intergenerational community of artists and naturalists, of all levels, who meet together and online to connect to nature through art and science. Local chapters organize regular field trips and workshops. We have a vibrant Nature Journal Club on Facebook with 15,000+ members worldwide, and you can also find a Nature Journal Club near you or start your own! Learn More.

Wild Wonder Nature Journaling Conference: October 7-11, 2020

Registration is now open! The Wild Wonder Conference is an online gathering of nature journalists from around the world. Join us for our second annual (virtual) gathering of the nature journaling community, hosted in partnership with The Foster. The 5-day online event is open to everyone from around the world, and it will include a full schedule of classes, lectures, nature journaling challenges, and an online auction. Learn more.

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