“No one will protect what they don’t care about, and no one will care about what they have never experienced.”
– David Attenborough
What is nature journaling?
Nature journaling is simply the act of keeping a journal that has a strong, but not necessarily exclusive, focus on nature.
A nature journal is a personal expression of your relationship to nature and might take the form of a naturalist’s records, a poetry notebook, a written journal, a scrapbook, a photo album, an artist’s sketchbook, or something else.
There are no rules about how to keep a nature journal, what it should look like, and what materials you might use. Any styles are valid and there is no need to feel constrained to any one approach, you might keep a range of different journals or try something new every year.
My course “How to Start a Nature Journal” is a gentle introduction to nature journaling, created for absolute beginners. It can be accessed by supporting me on Patreon or by purchasing the course for unlimited access via the button below.
Why did I start nature journaling?
I started my first nature journal in 2016, shortly after moving to the coast in Devon, UK to begin a new freelance lifestyle. For the past few years, I had lived in an urban part of the UK, though I grew up in nature in a village and I missed that lifestyle.
Initially I didn’t know that “nature journaling” was a real thing, I was just copying the idea of “The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady” by Edith Holden, which I had long admired since my grandmother gifted me a copy.
Fast forward six years and I have tried nature journaling in a great variety of different ways and styles, and have found that nature journaling has taught me the names of plants, the habits of birds, and has brought me closer to the seasonal cycles.
I walk more, swim more, draw more, and know more, all thanks to nature journaling! Plus, I have come into contact with a community of generous-spirited like-minded nature journaling individuals through social media.
The next stage of my life is all about sharing nature journaling with others, to inspire others into this beautiful practice and help them to really see the wild around them and within themselves.
Read more about my journey into nature journaling on the International Nature Journaling Week blog and hear me talk about it on the Journaling with Nature podcast.
How to get started yourself
All you need to start nature journaling is a simple pencil and sketchbook and a bit of time to spend outside. I am often asked to recommend materials, but at the very beginning too many materials can get in the way; you even might get overwhelmed and stop. Start simple but regular, even a few minutes with pencil and paper a few times a week can be enough to begin a habit that will be with you for a lifetime.
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