“Part of the lure of keeping a journal is the world you enter when you open it. Working in it sets up an island of quiet and deliberateness to which you will long to return.”
Nature Journaling Club is one of the very first environmental education programs I began teaching. Our family began homeschooling in 2011 and nature journaling was something we incorporated into all of our outdoor adventures. In 2014 I decided to begin a club in Atlanta, GA to inspire more families to get into nature journaling. It was one of my most successful clubs and there were some meetings where I had over 40 kids in attendance.
ECO Nature Journal Club will meet once a month and is for families with children of all ages. Adults are encouraged to participate in the journaling activities as well.
Each month we will do a hands on nature journaling/observation activity. These activities will build foundational journaling skills and get participants excited to keep journaling. Activities will also introduce techniques that participants can include in their journaling. In addition participants will also learn some basic drawing skills (each month we will show you how to draw a plant, animal, landscape, etc). We will also learn a few fun facts!
This club is a fun, family-friendly way to develop a closer connection with nature, build a community and a support system around sketching outdoors, introduce people to natural areas, inspire sharing of ideas and resources, and promote stewardship. This club will be a relaxed setting where participates will be encouraged to explore the natural world as they learn to make observations, ask questions and make connections.
*Drawing is not required...if you or your child prefers to write and/or take photos that is also an option for keeping a nature journal.
$7 per family. If you register for the semester, which is 5 classes, I offer a discounted rate of $28 per family.
Materials You Will Need:
-Colored Pencils, Watercolors, Crayons, Etc
Where We Meet:
Gilbert Riparian Preserve - exact meeting location will be sent in the reminder email
10:00 am (please allow about 2 hrs)
For this club meeting we will be exploring sounds. Participants will learn about and create a sound map. Afterwards we will learn about a few of common birds found in this park and learn to draw a bird.
For this club meeting we will be practicing a very important journaling routine, "I notice, I wonder, it reminds me of." Afterwards we will learn to draw cact.
For this club meeting we will be practicing a species account. Species accounts are a common approach to cataloguing organisms and building a database of information. Afterwards we will learn to draw spiders.
For this club meeting we will be learning about 2 of Arizona's most common trees. We will do an activity called secret plant and then we will learn to draw trees.
For this club we will be learning how to observe animals that are on the move. The activity will help you learn to take advantage of the situation, offering a structure for deliberate observation and getting observations to paper as fast as possible. Afterwards we will learn to draw deer.