Alex Boon is a nature journaling educator, artist, and “nature connection and creativity influencer” from East Devon, UK. Alex started nature journaling in 2016, and believes that long-term nature journaling has changed his life and is convinced that it has the power to do great good, especially in the UK, which has a severe nature connection defecit.
Alex’s interest in nature, art, and writing began when he was a child. He wrote and illustrated his own stories throughout his formative years. After a failed attempt at an illustration degree at art school, he changed direction to the natural sciences and attained a degree in environmental science followed by a PhD in soil science.
Alex’s mission now is to promote the wider uptake of nature journaling in the UK. His ambitions include partnering with conservation and education organisations, producing a great range of materials to both teach nature journaling end empower others to teach nature journaling, and (a more fanciful one) to one day do a complete nature journaling tour of the UK!
As well as his aesthetic nature journals, Alex also creates original artwork that is informed by his nature journaling and time spent outdoors. He shares his art and nature journaling through a range of different routes such as his YouTube channel and Patreon, and online and in-person talks and demonstrations.
Alex is committed to sharing the mindful process of nature journaling to help combat the modern disconnect with nature and help people find joy in the small details of nature close to home.
Features, podcasts, exhibitions, and appearances
This page shows all of my past appearances in features, blogs, podcasts, and talks. If you’d like to book me to give a workshop or talk or to feature me in one of your outputs please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss.
International Nature Journaling Week at From My Mother’s Garden – From My Mother’s Garden, Abbotsbury, Dorset. (See my designs for the From My Mother’s Garden “Sew For Bees” range on their website), June 2023.
Nature Journaling Educator’s Forum, ‘The Business of Nature Journaling’ and ‘Technology in Nature Journaling’ sessions, Wild Wonder Foundation, June 2023.
Sidmouth Biodiversity Festival, Talk and Workshop, June 2023.
Nature Journaling talk at Raymonds Hill Ladies’ Club, August 2023.
Devon Open Studios, Umborne Bridge Studio, Colyton, September 2023. Recipient of the Emerging Artists’ Bursary and Joanna Radford Prize for Excellence.
Seasonal Woodland Journaling in Coloured Pencil, Wild Wonder Nature Journaling Conference 2023.
The Art of Exploration, Royal Geographical Society, London. November 2023.
Art Journaling and Nature Journaling with Alex Boon – The Nature Journal Show, Marley Peifer, February 2022.
“Trees in Art” Exhibition, Kennaway House, Sidmouth, April 2022.
The Daily Nature Journal – Journaling with Nature Podcast Episode 88, May 2022.
Devon Open Studios, Umborne Bridge Studio, Colyton, September 2022
“70 Years, 70 Trees” Exhibition, Westonbirt Arboretum, October 2022.
“Nature Journaling and Nature Art” Presentation at Lyme Regis Art Society.
Extracts from a Nature Journal by Alex Boon – The Clearing, Little Toller, August 2021.
Devon Open Studios, Umborne Bridge Studio, Colyton, September 2021.
Notes to Self, by Rebecca Frank. Simple Things Magazine, October 2021, Nature journal p57.
Nature journaling, nature connection and “deep immersion” into experience – International Nature Journaling Week Blog, April 2020.
What else is here? – Journaling with Nature Podcast Episode 16, November 2020.