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A Sense of Wonder ...

Nature Journaling

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Lewis and Clark used them on their expedition, they were a part of John Muir's life, and Beatrix Potter’s books were based on her field sketches. Field or nature journals are not new, and science, biology, geography and art not only join hands in the pages of a journal, but journaling brings these to life.

Recording observations, feelings and perceptions in a nature journal can be a powerful way for students to get to know their natural community and the geography of their home environment, in the process nurturing care. Nature journals, as the name implies, make nature the subject. Requiring observation, reflection, writing and sketching, these together form a process of learning.

Much more than a record of scientific facts, the journal can include an ongoing record of observations from a specific location over the seasons, an overview of life and living. As Clare Walker Leslie puts it: “whereas a diary or personal journal records your feelings toward yourself and others, a nature journal primarily records your responses to and reflections about the world of nature around you.”


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The information in these pages is not primarily
about art, photography, videography or scrap-booking.
It is about observation, perception and narrative. These activities allow a broad range of expression, facilitating critical thinking and learning. They are important to the process of connection.

Sketches, photos and video clips might capture elements of the great outdoors while words form the foundation of all types of creative writing, but it's time on a leafy trail that is most important.



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