#StayHomeSTEM: Nature Journaling for Earth Day

In the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic, my small contribution is providing #StayHomeSTEM blog posts full of ideas for at-home science learning, as well as helping to moderate the Facebook page, Supporting Temporary Homeschoolers Everywhere. Tomorrow is Earth Day, which is a great time to get kids outside in nature (through a window, in […]

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Slipped Between the Pages: Nature Artifacts in the Journal

With some tape, glue, a plant press, and tracing paper, the pages of the nature journal can come alive with artifacts collected from the natural world. Flipping through the pages of one of my journals, I am treated to pressed cottonwood and alder leaves, bark rubbings, a dusting of volcanic ash, a chunk of old man’s […]

Pen to Page: Field Sketching in the Nature Journal

A field journal is not just a place for words. The journal pages can also be filled with sketches of the natural objects, creatures, and phenomena encountered while exploring the outdoors. However, drawing in the field is packaged with its own unique set of challenges. A bird doesn’t strike a pose and wait for you to finish your sketch […]

A 12 Step Program for Nature Journaling

How do you truly open your eyes to the natural world? Opening your nature journal to a fresh page, with poised pen, is a good start. But before diving into to your journaling session, you may need to help calm your “monkey brain” and guide your “city eyes” to think and see just a bit […]

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The Five Paths to Nature Journaling

A nature journal can be a record of a journey; but it can also be a journey in itself. With the use of creative prompts, activities, and tools, the nature journal can be become your tour guide, shepherding you through deeper interactions with wild places. Many people think of a nature journal as a place to record their […]

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Nature Journals as Educational Tools

Open to a blank page in your journal, pull out a pen, and welcome a world of possibilities. Settle in on a boulder along a tumbling creek, pull a chair up to your kitchen window, or sit completely camouflaged among a field of tall grasses. Creative nature journals, also known as field journals, are a […]

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A peek inside the pages of a nature journal

My nature journal is my travel companion. Whether it is tucked into my suitcase for a trip to Hawaii, packed in the car for a weekend road trip, or tossed into a backpack for a hike or camping trip, along it comes. I’m not religious about journaling; when I find the time or the inspiration, […]

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