Synopses & Reviews
Experience the natural world with fresh eyes!
Using the simple techniques in this book, anyone can learn how to start and keep an ongoing nature journal. Along the way you'll develop skills in observing, sketching, appreciating, and writing about life's beauty and mysteries.
"This creative process is a the heart of natural history observation, and it helps to make the best of experiences also the most lasting in memory for anyone wishing to enjoy it." - From the foreword by Edward O. Wilson
"Drawing, writing and nature study can all seem a bit daunting to the uninitiated, but Keeping a Nature Journal with its friendly, rambling format and unpretentious drawings, makes keeping this kind of living record seem as natural and anxiety - free as taking a snapshot or writing a postcard to a friend. A great guide to discovering nature for yourself and creating your own work of art along to way." - Christopher W. Leahy, Director Center for Biological Conservation, Massachusetts Audubon Society
"This book offers people of all ages and interests a simple, direct method for getting outdoors to observe and enjoy the natural world around them." - Mark Wexler, Editor, National Wildlife
"A wonderful book for young people, this book has also inspired this old gardener to go out and get one of those nice new sketchbooks ... " -- The New York Times
"Leslie's approachable methods for recording the natural world have inspired many people." -- New Orleans Times-Picayune
" ... a step-by-step guide to getting started in a fascinating hobby of recording on paper what you see in nature." -- Cleveland Plain Dealer
"[C]oaches even beginners who think they cannot write or sketch but simply have a love of nature." -- San Jose Mercury News
"... an excellent teaching tool on how to go about seeing the world in a new way." -- Indianapolis Star
"This book was very motivating for me personally and I am ready to begin a nature journal. It could be used as a classroom supplement or a tool for personal professional development for all ages ... a good resource for informal science organizations such as museums and camps." --NSTA Recommends (National Science Teachers' Association), www.nsta.org
"Here's a good gift book for gardeners, but also for non-gardeners who nevertheless enjoy communing with the great outdoors." -- Nashville Tennessean
"Learn to observe nature closely, sketch with confidence, keep accurate records, narrate the changing seasons, and more. Highly recommended for those interested in art journals or nature studies." - Somerset Studio magazine
This volume offers simple techniques to give first-time journal keepers the confidence to go outside, observe the natural world and sketch what they see. It is a companion volume to Nature Journal.
Experience the splendor of nature with fresh eyes Featuring an inspiring portfolio from Clare Walker Leslie s nature journals, this guide offers easy-to-learn techniques for capturing the world around you in pictures and words. Encouraging you to make journaling a part of your daily routine, Keeping a Nature Journal is full of engaging exercises and stimulating prompts that will help you hone your powers of observation and appreciate new aspects of nature s endlessly varied beauty.
From the day it was released in 2000, Keeping a Nature Journal
has struck a profound chord among professional, casual, and occasional naturalists of all ages. In response to this groundswell of enthusiasm, we have revised Keeping a Nature Journal
, updated the interior design, and created a new cover. Undoubtedly the most exciting new element in this second edition is a portfolio of 32 illustratedpages from Clare Walker Leslie's most recent journals, reproduced in full color.
What makes Keeping a Nature Journal so popular? It is inspiring and easy to use. Clare and co-author Charles Chuck E. Roth offer simple techniques to give first-time journal-keepers the confidence to go outside, observe the natural world, and sketch and write about what they see. At the same time, they motivate long-time journal-keepers to hone their powers of observation as they immerse themselves in the mysteries of the natural world. Clare and Chuck stress that the journal is a personal record of daily experience and the world around us. Nature's beauty can be observed everywhere, whether in the city, suburbs, or country.
Reconnect with nature through sketching and writing with these simple methods for capturing the living beauty of each season. Clare Walker Leslie and co-author Charles E. Roth offer easy techniques, exercises, and prompts for all ages.
Like a string of beads - or pearls these little - or grand - episodes help us link to the larger strand. This stringing of images, thoughts, connections, helps us to have more understanding, reason, compassion, gratefulness. - Clare Walker Leslie, journal entry, September 3, 1997
You can experience a spirited yet tranquil exploration of the living world by creating your own nature journal. In any season, any weather, and any place, nature journaling compels us to slow down, observe, reflect, and once again embrace our connection to the living mosaic that is our environment.
Using the methods Clare Walker Leslie and Chuck Roth have developed over years of journaling teaching, Keeping a Nature Journal guides you in creating ongoing journals for all seasons and purposes. You'll also learn techniques from other amateur and professional nature journalists.
Simple methods for capturing what you see in sketches and words will inspire you to make journaling a part of your daily life and will help you create journals to enjoy for years to come.
About the Author
Clare Walker Leslie, author of The Curious Nature Guide, is a nationally known wildlife artist, author, and educator. She has been connecting people of all ages to nature using drawing, writing, and observation of the outdoors for more than 30 years. Her other books include the bestsellers Keeping a Nature Journal and The Nature Connection, as well as Nature Journal and Drawn to Nature. She lives with her husband and family in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Granville, Vermont.
Charles E. Roth is a teacher of science and the environment. He was Director of Education for the Massachusetts Audubon Society for many years and is active in numerous local, regional, and national environmental organizations. Besides authoring 20 books, Charles has received many awards including the Environmental Merit Award of the EPA. He resides in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Getting Started
Discovering Nature Journaling (3)
Beginning Your Journal (17)
A Sampling of Journaling Styles (37)
Part 2: Journaling through the Seasons
The Ongoing Journal (65)
The Autumn Journal (73)
The Winter Journal (89)
The Spring Journal (105)
The Summer Journal (121)
Part 3: Learning and Teaching Nature Journaling
Getting Started with Drawing (139)
Teaching Journaling to Groups of All Ages (155)
Journaling with School Groups (163)