“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.
In Fall 2021 we will be offering a "seeing math in nature" 5 part series. In Spring 2022 we will be offering a "putting the history in natural history" 5 part series. You can register for all of them or just a few.
Leonardo da Vinci wrote, “To develop a complete mind, study the science of art. Study the art of science. Develop your senses—especially to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else.”
$7 per family. If you register for the fall or spring semester, which each include 5 classes, I offer a discounted rate of $28 per family.
Materials You Will Need:
-Colored Pencils, Watercolors, Crayons, Etc
Where We Meet:
Fall 2021 Veterans Oasis and Desert Breeze Park - we will rotate locations - exact meeting location will be sent in the reminder email.
Spring 2022 Gilbert Riparian Preserve and South Mountain Oark - we will rotate locations - exact meeing locaion will be sent in the reminder email.
11:00 am (please allow about 2 hrs)
We look at fractal mathematical formulas applied to trees —and we’ll draw trees using Mandelbrot formulas.
Forms such as river meanders and snake locomotion can be predicted mathematically. We’ll delve into this by drawing a river.
Learn about the mathematics of pattern-forming in nature, such as jaguar spots and honeycombs, which we’ll study by sketching.
Learn about reflective and rotational symmetry in nature as we explore butterflies and flowers.
We will learn about fossils and some of the common fossils you can find in Arizona. We will also have time to play in the dino dig pit at the park.
We will learn about petroglyphs and the stories they tell and we will check out the petroglyphs at the park which are easily accessible via a paved trail.
We will learn the ways people have used plants throughout history (edible, medicinal, craft, etc).
Learn about the unique geology of Arizona and climb some rocks.
Learn about the importance of preserving historic buildings and what we can learn from exploring them.