Nature Journaling

Doreen Bolnick

July 16, 2022   9am - 12pm


Here's an easy technique to learn natural history, deepen your connection to nature and, with no extra effort, get the benefit of mindfulness meditation. We'll use words, numbers, arrows, diagrams and doodles or sketches to record: What we see; What we wonder; What our research shows. We begin by focusing on individual organisms in nature. Eventually our pages show how they're all connected. As Rachel Carson said, "In nature, nothing exists alone."  Art skills are not required since doodles and diagrams will do the job. The program includes a slide show, demos indoors and out, time to practice field journaling, a return indoors to research what we found and have a chance to try several types of media to add color to our pages. 


Paper: Beginners who are worried about their drawing skills are encouraged to use lined paper, as did many of the best-known naturalists such as Jane Goodall and John Muir.  Lined paper takes the pressure off the expectation of creating beautiful art. Others may bring a sketchbook with plain white paper in any size, for example: 5.5" x 8" to 8.5” x 11".

2B pencil with eraser. Optional: pen, colored pencils, watercolor pencils or watercolor.

Doreen is the author-illustrator of A Guide to the Common Wild Flowers of Zambia, co-author and illustrator of Wild Flowers of Southern Mozambique and co-author and illustrator of the first two editions of Waterfalls of the White Mountains.

Pre-Registration is required Email:, and have the word “Journal” in the subject line.  Participation is limited, so sign up early.