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How to Nature Journal: A Four-Week Skill-Building Series

When: October 18, 2021
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Are you interested in the ways that drawing and writing about nature can deepen your curiosity and your connection to the world around you? Have you heard of nature journaling but don’t know where to start? Have you attended one of our Community Nature Journaling events and are looking for more ways to build your nature journaling skills? Check out our free, four-week skill-building series we’re offering remotely on Wednesday evenings this fall! 

This four-week series will provide participants with the skills and resources to dive into the world of nature journaling. If you’re new to nature journaling, or are looking for a bit more guidance about how to capture natural wonders on a page, this series is for you. We’ll explore the fundamentals of nature journaling, including sketching skills, new perspectives for observation, and techniques to cultivate an inquisitive mindset. Join a worldwide movement to experience how drawing and writing about nature can spark your curiosity and deepen your connection to the world around you. 

This program is open to all abilities and all ages, but youth must have an adult participant registered and participating alongside them. Each session will include time for instruction, journaling, sharing, and an optional activity to practice during the days between sessions. Participants must provide their own basic journaling supplies, including a journal, pen, pencil, and colored pencils. Upon registration, participants will receive a more detailed list of recommended supplies.  

Schedule Overview
Day Lesson

Wednesday, October 20,
6:30–8:00 p.m. (ET)

Introduction to Nature Journaling

What are the tools and structures we can use to set ourselves up for success while journaling? We’ll practice including words, pictures and numbers in our first entry, and also learn three simple sentence starters that can help to spark awareness and curiosity.

Wednesday, October 27,
6:30–8:00 p.m. (ET) 

Sketching Skills and Techniques

This week, we’ll practice a few foundational drawing techniques that can help you capture what you’re seeing on your page. We’ll also talk about ways to quiet our inner critic and let our creativity flow! 

Wednesday, November 3,
6:30–8:00 p.m. (ET)

Methods to Observe and Record

How can different perspectives help us to see and learn more? We’ll practice three different exercises that encourage us to look at our subjects and record our observations through unique lenses.  

Wednesday, November 10
6:30–8:00 p.m. (ET)

Nurturing Curiosity

Curiosity is the root of learning. This week, we’ll explore different types of questions and embrace the rabbit holes that nature journaling opens up. 

To register, head to shaverscreek.org/journal
Registration is capped at 30 participants. The deadline to register is Monday, October 18. 

This is a recurring, live, virtual program. Stable internet connection is required. Please ensure that you are able to attend all four sessions before registering. Registration signifies commitment to attend all four sessions.

This event is free and open to the public thanks to the generous support of Shaver’s Creek members.