• Kathy
      Participant
      Chirps: 3
      1-Have a collection of things I’d like to sketch, shells, twigs, very small skulls. Hopefully this course will help me, inspire me, to discipline myself to achieve this. 2-The journal examples are all very nice, each in their own way. I’m not going to pressure myself to do a daily sketch. To learn observation and documenting.
    • Martha
      Participant
      Chirps: 2
      I was inspired by my love of nature and enjoyment of drawing and painting.  I want to use journaling as a means of learning more about the world around me as Shana does by using a straightforward approach to observing nature, drawing and asking questions in the field and researching books and online guides at home.  I like Holly's idea of drawing every day.  I like the look of her pages.  They look refined, with good color and lots of detail.
    • Liz
      Participant
      Chirps: 3
      1. I was actually inspired to start nature journaling by reading a book "Planetwalker" By John Francis. He spent years walking and painting/sketching his surroundings. I have always loved the outdoors (particularly birds) and I did some of my own nature journaling back in college. Now that I'm on a Sabbatical I'm excited to jump back into the practice for my own enjoyment and self-discovery. 2. I like the writing interspersed with drawings. I was more drawn to the less organized journals than the ones that were more formal. I also liked the journals with no lines or grids. 3. I would love to incorporate poetry into my journal as well even if it's just a few lines. It could be my own poetry from that moment or a line or two I'm reminded of while sketching.
    • Susan
      Participant
      Chirps: 1
      I've always loved and been fascinated with nature. I also love crafty, creative things. Nature journaling is the perfect combination of all that I love. It is creative, educational, and a lovely way to record memories. It doesn't take up too much space or require too many expensive supplies. I've never felt like I had any ability to draw, but I've started practicing and after just a few months, I have learned so much. I'm still not good, but I feel like I am beginning to understand the basics of drawing. Patience seems to be the important thing. I found all of the journals impressive, but Holly's was particularly appealing to me. I love that she did a drawing every day one year. Her drawings were so skillful and gorgeous. I can see why she didn't continue it for another year, though. I don't think I'll be that ambitious, but I'd love to reach her level of skill someday.
    • Tsao-Chi
      Participant
      Chirps: 1
      I really love birds, especially their behaviors. It usually takes me one or two hours to watch a bird  preening, taking shower, foraging... I recorded these views by taking pictures before, but it's hard for me to think deeply about the birds. After access to the nature journaling, I believe its really a good way to record all of the nature. By the way, I also want to record all things about my pet pigeon. I'm wondering if I draw my pet or draw something in the camera without going out, is it still called "nature journaling"?
    • Barb
      Participant
      Chirps: 1
      I thought it was great to see a variety of journals. I’m hard on myself and this helped me realize it is time spent observing and recording that imprints things into my mind. The sketch may not be that great but if I take notes and sketch even something quickly, I will remember the experience vividly. i have always loved recording notes about nature and sketching. I am not very consistent however. I liked the idea of doing a page a month and adding bits throughout the month.  I also would like to do a better job of recording when I’m traveling.  I’m excited to take the class and make this  a habit for myself. I find it is a great way to learn and be more observant.  It is also calming for me to spend time observing nature and sketching what I see.
    • Robin
      Participant
      Chirps: 1
      Not very outdoorsy but I like bird watching. this is a great opportunity to enable me to ID birds. I want to learn to be a better observer. Not sure of the best approach for me is - I am a bit of a scribbler, so we will see how it turns out. Sent free course to 4 friends/relatives --Looking forward to challenging each other to keep at ti.
    • Karen
      Participant
      Chirps: 1
      1) I have been creeping up on this for a number of years.  I have bird watching journals, for more than a decade, but they are mostly lists.  I want to be able to illustrate my bird lists in a more meaningful way. I had a one day bird drawing class a number of years ago, but I haven't continued to practice.  I think committing to a course will encourage me to continue to practice, because I know that's the only way to improve. 2) I really enjoyed seeing all the journals from the students. I hope I'll be able to have an exciting trip some day, too. I liked the tiny daily entries on the first page of Holly Faulkner's journal. I like the idea of "just one thing I see today."
    • Regina
      Participant
      Chirps: 2
      I've always been interested in documenting my travels and adventures. I make scrapbooks when I return from trips and journal just by writing each evening of a trip. But I wanted something more. Even though I feel that I have no drawing skills whatsoever I want to give it a try. I want to include landscapes as well as plants and animals. I like the idea of date, place, time and weather.
    • Felicity
      Participant
      Chirps: 2
      I have always loved nature and I enjoy drawing.  When I heard about this course I thought...this is the perfect activity to take up while confined to home during this terrible spread of CoVid 19! I actually kept a type of journal, identifying wildflowers, when I was in my early teens.  I dug it out and here's a picture from it.  I was probably 12 at the time. I think I like the idea of small sketches with details, questions and observations noted on the page. I'm very excited to start this course! IMG_3037
    • Rose
      Participant
      Chirps: 4
      I want to title my journal Nature in the Time of CoVid 19.  I need the beauty and continuity of nature to offset the fear and chaos of this pandemic. I have been able to go outside to walk and sit in peaceful, beautiful, and healing places. Now I want to create a story from these experiences.
      • Jill
        Participant
        Chirps: 2
        This is almost exactly the same reason I decided to take this course now.
      • Sonja
        Participant
        Chirps: 3
        Yes, me too! Since I can't really go anywhere further from home, I can still go outside my house where I live, and take in the things of nature that have been there the whole time. The world is forcing us to slow down, and I want to take it in while I can. I know I will regret it if I don't.
      • Sally
        Participant
        Chirps: 3
        I love this perspective and hope it can bring us all joy!
      • Sarah
        Participant
        Chirps: 3
        Oh, me too. It gives me a reason to pay attention to my garden and really appreciate the growing cycle.
      • Julie
        Participant
        Chirps: 4
        Me too! I have been thinking about doing the course for a while, but now seems perfect when the world feels like it has slowed down and given me time to stop and look at things.
      • Kay
        Participant
        Chirps: 2
        Thank you, Rose, for expressing exactly the hope and fear we all seem to be feeling. Perhaps nature journaling is just what we are needing to allow us to slow down, look closely, appreciate the beauty around us. I look forward to see all of our drawings.
    • Leah
      Participant
      Chirps: 15
      I was inspired to begin nature journaling because of my passion for both art and wildlife. Though I love taking photos, making my own is a fun experience, and a new learning opportunity. I think all of the approaches for great, depending on what you are doing, and how you want to personalize that moment yet cherishing it at the same time. Yet I don't have a different journaling idea, I will likely come up with some along the way. I cannot wait to start my path as a nature journalist!
    • Arwen
      Participant
      Chirps: 2
      Watching a pileated woodpecker while hiking this week was the most immediate inspiration.  I wanted to somehow capture what I was seeing and also have a way to look more closely but didn't think taking a photograph would be very satisfying.  With more time on my hands because of the COVID-19 crisis, I've decided to try to recapture some of the skills and ways of being, particularly my artistic side that have atrophied.  The way some of the journals use watercolor is particularly appealing to me.  I also love the mix of text and images, especially the use of partial boxes with text.  One of the people who wrote in comments suggested combining poetry with images.  Challenging myself to write a haiku for each image is appealing.
    • Teri
      Participant
      Chirps: 2
      I’m excited to begin a nature journaling habit for a multitude of reasons, but primarily to make a habit of creatively documenting my time in nature to the point where it feels as natural as walking and talking.  I’m now choosing to dislodge all the excuses living in my head - it’s too hard, too cold, too windy, too hot, too much hassle, etc.  I really liked the magnification idea and enjoyed setting goals, such as a drawing a day or filling a page a month.  I, too, chose to take this course as a result of the pandemic.  My husband were evacuated from Zambia while in training for Peace Corps and had rented our house out.  We will now live in our tent trailer out on public land for the foreseeable future and will have much time to observe and draw in nature.
    • Nancy
      Participant
      Chirps: 19
      I am looking forward to starting this process and it will be a process for me.  I have never journaled before and certainly never drawn animals before.  But my scout leader was a wonderful artist as a young person and I far as I could tell never continued to draw and paint after she married.  But she did teach me to love to the natural world around me.  I spent most of my time outside when I was growing up and loved observing birds, bugs, animals, plants and trees.  I never thought to create a written journal of what I saw and wouldn't have thought I had the talent to illustrate.  But at 68, it's time I tried both.  I want to take this course to improve my drawing and to learn to use watercolors.  By learning to see and interpret more realistically, I hope to connect more with nature.  I want to be able to leave a very special gift for my grandchildren to cherish.  I need to feel the beauty of nature slip through my fingers onto paper for others to enjoy as I have enjoyed creating it.    It's time.
    • Deborah
      Participant
      Chirps: 9
      I really like the idea of sitting down and observing nature for as much time as I want.  There is so much flora and fauna that can be appreciated more when you really look at whatever it is.  I also like to have a "scrapbook" of impressions from where I've been.  The idea of using watercolor in a nature journal sounds like alot of fun. I am taking this class while we are all off on coronavirus watch and really need a focus.  My art classes have been cancelled or ended and I need to be productive while I am off.  Art is one of the things I would really like to enjoy in my retirement (which I am in now).  I will have to be patient with myself, since I like to be good at the things I do but don't have a natural artistic talent.  I find that I need to draw/paint regularly in order to progress so the consistency of this class will help me do that.   Deb F.
    • Ginny Prytherch
      Participant
      Chirps: 3
      This class was a Christmas present to myself, along with 2 courses for my husband (a lifelong birder).  I started jounaling in Feb. while we were visiting children and grandchildren in southern California.  It was good to get back to drawing, which leads to seeing and feeling nature differently and more memorably.  In the Coachella Valley I had trouble finding native plants to draw in our residential area.  Desert plants are amazing and I wanted to learn more about them.  Now we are home in Iowa, we have only had about one sunny day a week, but the plants are bursting forth and birds are very active.  The cedar waxwing flocks are beautiful and entertaining - -my drawings of them I hope to improve.  I am feeling more at home with the journaling concept and feeling better about using the page more freely.  This is fun, and provides a lift to my spirits in these uncertain times.  Thanks to all for sharing your thoughts.  On to the next lesson.  Ginny
    • Patrick
      Participant
      Chirps: 1
      1. I was given a nature journal by my daughters for Christmas in 2010 and really enjoyed keeping the log of my outdoor adventures. I had no real guidance other than my own ideas so I am really looking forward to more specific directions in this course. I have also worked with a couple of land trusts conserving private land and have always enjoyed being out in nature. Those projects required an attention to detail similar to what I anticipate in my nature journal.  2. I like the idea of keeping track of not only date and time, but also weather and any other factors which may be affecting the natural setting. I also like the idea of drawing a magnified part of the subject. 3. In the past I have supplemented my drawings with some photos I took at the time, especially if my time was limited. I tried to observe as much as possible in the time given. I would then use the photo and my recollection of the encounter to create the journal entry. This allowed me to record the encounter and preserve the memory.
    • Shannon
      Participant
      Chirps: 1
      I like that you showed a variety of approaches and skill levels. I am a bit intimidated because I have no training in art. But, I hope that this will become a nice way to track my improvement. Another reason I want to start a nature journal is to create motivation for more stillness in my life.
    • Larisa
      Participant
      Chirps: 1
      My interest in journaling has always existed, being home, not working during COVID 19 has given me time to be outside, walking, spending time in my yard and surrounding neighborhood - I thought it would be a good time to get into the habit of sketching and drawing nature and maybe later incorporate it with my special ed teaching.
    • sherry
      Participant
      Chirps: 10
      This is the first image of the yellow warbler that I drew.  As you can see from the date it was a while ago.image
    • Amy
      Participant
      Chirps: 3
      1.   I spend a lot of time outdoors on hiking trails and I think nature journaling will grant a new way to see and appreciate the beauty around me. 2.  I enjoyed hearing from and seeing all the different styles of journaling!  Shayna’s approach appeals to me most because I like the structure of the  info box, the drawings and annotations.  Great idea also to “zoom” in to record small details that otherwise may be lost/ forgotten. 3.  No, not yet.  I will be learning as I go : )
    • Roxanna
      Participant
      Chirps: 2
      1. I have always attempted to journal in nature, but found myself limited by my skills. 2. I liked the idea of setting a frequency goal.  Once a week, or once a month.  Once a day is more than I would be able to sustain.  I also liked the idea of boxing up certain components of your nature sketch, but being willing to let your work escape out of your boxes when necessary.  This gives me enough guideline to remember to include drawings, observations, close-up details, and the basic where, when, what information.
    • Montana
      Participant
      Chirps: 15
      I have taken a PD course at the NY Botanical Gardens that featured a lot of nature journaling, and I loved it. I haven't done it in years and not with animals so I want to re-visit and re-learn these techniques and bring it to my students and to my own family. I spend a lot of time in the woods, hiking with my own children and want to work on their observation skills in the field. I love the drawing and writing with boxes. It makes some clear separation while also giving space to write and draw. I love working with pencil so I may do more pencil/shading rather than a lot of water color or perhaps sketching in pencil, copying it, and then coloring it later just to have the comparison.
    • lois
      Participant
      Chirps: 1
      Listening to the various people describe their journals I am reminded of just yesterday when I was younger.  A friend gifted this course to me and so I begin. Now on this day where the world has shifted and fear is everywhere, I am sitting in my backyard, watching the wind move through the silvery grasses and thinking about using this journal to create a refuge. Along with drawing, mostly done in my backyard, I will include feelings and poems.