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Keeping a Nature Journal: Discover a Whole New Way of Seeing the World Around You

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  950 ratings  ·  73 reviews
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 th ...more
Paperback, 213 pages
Published July 5th 2003 by Storey Publishing, LLC (first published January 1st 2000)
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Kate
Feb 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
I teach kids outdoors, and often lead activities that involve sketching, writing, and collecting information about nature. This gives me the chance to see plants and wildlife through their eyes, but until I read this book, I didn't realize how much of the picture was missing!
I have looked at these things most often through the filters of education, business, recreation, design. Keeping a Nature Journal offered one more way, with hundreds of samples and activities, to cram more nature into my li
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sdw
The information in this book is fairly basic. The tips in this book focus more on drawing than on writing. It would be a helpful book if you were looking to learn how to best sketch the natural world. I was expecting it to have more exercises I could use for my own classes.
reading is my hustle
Oh, how I love a nature journal book. Line drawings are my fav. Watching our #2 bring some piece of nature into the house and draw it at the kitchen table? Another fav. Drawing helps to focus the mind. BELIEVE IT.
ladydusk
Feb 07, 2011 rated it liked it
Own. Birthday present from my in-laws (Thanks, again!)

This book, while annoying with its philosophy at times, is worth reading in order to learn about nature journaling. In some ways, it seemed they tried to make more of it than there is, but there were enough good ideas for planning, encouraging, and instructing drawing nature. "Outdoorsy" and "artistic" are not adjectives anyone would use for me, but this book made it seem like an achievable goal.

The several ideas of how to practice, how to se
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Trace
May 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010-book-list
This idea intrigues me as a complement to our nature studies and nature walks.

UPDATE:
DONE! Gorgeous book. One that has given me much inspiration and one that I'll have to borrow from the library again.
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storiwa
Apr 13, 2009 rated it liked it
looking for new creative inspirations. thinking a new way of journaling may be the ticket.
Angela Boord
Aug 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: art
Skimming this yet again for ideas. Seems like I return to it every year.
Ronna
May 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book and it helped me to keep my own nature journal.
Aleria
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was truly on and off for me. But I finally finished it today.
I was really busy with work, my own personal issues, & finances that I had to pause reading this book a lot. But I'm glad that this month is motivating me to get things done & challenge myself more with things I've wanted to do.

Overall, this was a very informative book with lovely drawings from each nature journaler. And there students they taught classes to. I do plan to flip back through this book to take notes on some of t
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Jamice Robinson
Sep 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
With everything going on in 2020 I’ve come to love being out in nature again and have been wanting to start a nature journal for awhile now. So when I saw this book I knew I had to read it, and I’m so glad I did. This book is absolutely amazing. It not only convinces you, that yes everyone needs a nature journal but it goes on to tell you how you can set it up, the tools you need, and has tons of drawing tips, so that everyone can draw in their journal and not just the artists. I also love how t ...more
Gina Lento
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is a great reference for those learning to keep journals in general, but the main focus is a nature journal which in these days of climate change, may be crucial for remembering what is going on now and being able to reference information and changes over time. I like that nature journaling can be a family activity with grandchildren. A grandparents’ journal could be a cherished heirloom over time. Especially if that family member gardened, that
Info may be necessary/helpful as climate
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James
Jan 30, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, art, diy
A fun book on art journals that is aimed at a broad audience from youngsters to retirees. Enough technique is covered to get a good start and reasons for starting a journal are well laid out. I certainly recommend drawing or painting as one method of stress relief or meditation for adults.

A more hardcore book on the subject is Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling by John Muir Laws.
Nanette
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, pedagogy
Good inspiration & motivation for my own nature journal and incorporating a nature journal into my college composition curriculum. Strengths were chapters 2, 10, & 11 wherein real pedagogical suggestions were given—the how-to’s of nature journaling in a classroom setting. Weaknesses were assessment suggestions (largely lacking). It’s really a beautiful book with terrific quotes, good resources, artful examples of various ages and skill levels.
Anna Keating
Sep 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Doing natural journals for homeschool (since schools remain closed). This is also a good exercise for adults (even ones who can't draw well like me). It's nice to get to know the plants and rocks in your hometown, to learn their names and to draw them; it gets you out of doors and creates a sense of place. Plants and rocks and canyons become your friends when you get to know them. I'm all about trying things I'm not good at lately and would have previously avoided. It's fun. ...more
Rachel
Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Vision casting for families and educators on how to observe nature through writing and drawing. This seems like a must have for carving out a homeschool philosophy on how to appreciate our natural world. Lovely drawings, inspiring quotes, and practical tips on how to get started.
Annelise
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: homeschool
A really helpful refernce for anyone wanting to start keeping a natural journal. Ir also has helpful information for how to introduce the concept to children and keep them interested, as well as a good list of resources and suggested readings.
Bri
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An amazing resource to start journaling. Includes many different avenues of journaling and a huge further suggested reading suggestion. So excited to keep journaling! I'll definitely be referring back to this book on occasion. Full of good things! ...more
Liz
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent and beautifully made book. I would recommend it to anyone looking to start nature journaling.Only complaint is that it is an odd size so it does not fit on the shelf well with other books, and is hard to carry out on a nature study as it is bulky and large..
Kendra
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nature
A quick and inspiring read! Luckily, I read it on a beautiful day so I immediately went out and did some nature journaling!
Susinok
Fantastic book with tips on keeping a nature journal, and it has ideas on themes.
Judy
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Encouraging and gives great ideas for going outdoors observing and recording nature in drawing and words.
Kimberlie
Great book for anyone interested in nature Journaling
Dan Carey
It does a good enough job encouraging drawing in nature journals that I just might overcome my "art shyness" and try it. Leslie also provides lots of good ideas and pointers for journaling. ...more
Connie
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Here comes the beauty of nature.
Sigrun Hodne
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Just beautiful!
Lisa Miller
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this book. More people should keep a nature journal. I can see where kids would enjoy this a lot. It would keep them out of trouble. In other words busy.
Syd Carp
Jan 13, 2020 rated it liked it
I read this for school, and, like anything I read 4 school, it was okay. I liked it and it was interesting, but it was at the same time un-interesting.

Recommended ages 12 & up.
Katrina Clohessy
May 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
-read in quarantine-
Ericka Miller
Jul 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love this book and the way it teaches you to illustrate your journals!
Megan
Jul 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: edu, nonfiction
Really solid book, and not intimidating. I've been nature journaling for a while, and this was a delight to read. I think it would be great for anyone starting out, too. ...more
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