Nature journaling at its most basic is the practice of observing nature and recording your observations. It integrates writing, art, and numbers with observations, curiosity, and research. Nature journaling encourages a connection to nature and place, teaches scientific observational skills, and helps practice mindfulness. Students of any age can benefit from nature journaling, and it can be integrated into any subject area. In this 5-day intensive course (June 24–28, 2024), we will explore a variety of ways to integrate nature journaling into any educational setting.
You will learn the basics of nature journaling by completing the actual activities that you can then use with your students. We will spend as much time outside as possible and will also experiment with indoor activities for when the weather doesn’t cooperate. In addition to doing a deep dive into science practices, you will learn how nature journaling can enhance ELA, social studies, and math lessons. At the end of the class you will have a completed nature journal that you can then carry into your own personal nature journaling practice.