• Janean
      Participant
      Chirps: 1
      I've  tried nature Journaling before, but never stuck with it long enough to fill the notebook. I am a watercolorist, but I've  been away from it for a while. Since I've  just moved to a new state. I want to start by learning all the different  kinds of trees that grow here and the native plants. I used to paint birds, and I found it was a good way to learn about them. I'm  very interested in doing a page for each month and adding little drawings of individual items as the month progresses. I already have some photos of the lovely woods around here.
    • Rebecca
      Participant
      Chirps: 4
      I have always loved the idea of nature journaling. I have ensured that my kiddos always have their journals with them on hikes and trips. Then I realized that my own nature journals were so blank! I am ready to invest time into my own journals -- I like the idea of a daily sketch -- and the monthly one for accountability.  I am looking forward to the rest of this course
    • John
      Participant
      Chirps: 2
      This was a gift, an early Christmas present.  I am doing more and more bird watching these days.  I am drawn to the casual, the in the moment combination of sketching and journalling. I liked the diversity of the formats and methods shown.  I will probably draw something first, or several somethings.  I will also probably take pictures of sketches I like and use filters, etc.  I may even paste printouts of altered sketches in the journal.
    • Erin
      Participant
      Chirps: 2
      I love drawing, just do not seem to have the time on a regular basis. We've been doing a backyard native plant restoration project and I was inspired to document the changes over time and species that visit. I like the idea of documenting time and place and weather and just jumping in with images and explanatory text. I am also going to try to incorporate this into one of my classes and share what I learn with my students.
      • JFS
        Participant
        Chirps: 2
        Erin, I'm also drawn to this idea of documenting changes over time in a native-plant project. Have you managed to keep it up? I'm not sure whether I can keep up the momentum for long, so I'm planning to do just something each day and at least one substantial entry each week. How much are you setting yourself?--JFS
    • Kaia
      Participant
      Chirps: 14
             Since I love learning about ornithology, I have been drawing and taking notes on birds and sometimes other animals. This is also been a class that my mom and I have been wanting to do together. I would love to make my drawings more colorful and realistic when I am journaling. I would also like to use my journal for other animals and plants besides birds. 
    • Donna
      Participant
      Chirps: 4
      1.  I love nature and the peaceful feeling that I get reconnecting with nature. Nature journaling should allow me to slow down and improve my drawing and painting skills.   2.  I think I might try the boxing in style.  3.  Nothing different, but might evolve into something a bit different as I go along.
    • Mary
      Participant
      Chirps: 2
      I love the idea of capturing a month on a page.  It is not as intensive as having a journal entry for every day but still captures the highlights of a month of observation.  It is a great way to remember the month and relive those moments.
    • Ann
      Participant
      Chirps: 2
      I'm inspired to use a journal to be fully present and notice specific details as well as the amazing scope of the place I'm in.  I'm eager to learn and observe more of the small bits that fascinate me before I move on to the next thing.  I'm also hoping that journaling and sketching will help me focus and use time wisely as I recovery from surgery and am unable to walk much for the next few weeks. I'm in awe of the artistic skill level of these journal sharers.  I feel like I'm not far beyond lollipop trees and snowmen and happy faces. THe colors in these journals are jaw-dropping--they look like the sea and clouds could just wash over me.
    • Alison
      Participant
      Chirps: 3
      oops, I moved too fast :)
    • Alison
      Participant
      Chirps: 3
      I love watching the birds in my little backyard and how different ones come at different times of the year. I need to learn how to capture these amazing little creatures as they flit to and fro, hang out on the feeder and play in the bird bath. These videos were awesome. Before I started this class, I had this vision of just learning to journal birds, but after watching the videos I’ve changed my mind, I want to learn how to draw plants & rocks.  I like the idea of having some notes with the drawings, particularly the date, time & location.
    • Donna
      Participant
      Chirps: 1
      I have never been a person who journaled, but I started journaling earlier this year as part of my “dreaming big journey of discovery” to start a new business. It’s been an amazing personal growth experience. Now I want to expand to journaling and field sketching my time in nature with native plants, birds, butterflies, and more. I’m very excited to start this course because I want to capture these times with drawings and words. The journaling style that I hope to accomplish is filling a couple of pages per month, maybe weekly.
    • Halsey
      Participant
      Chirps: 3
      I live next to a chaparral preserve and love observing our summer-dormant natives spring to life with the first winter rains.  Nature journaling will give me the ability to document these changes in a way that is both memorable and beautiful. I am drawn to the first journal and how her drawings spring out of the boxes, it really brings them to life.
    • Diane
      Participant
      Chirps: 2
      I have never thought myself to be artistic (think stick men...), but a couple of years ago decided to give watercolours a try.  I've enjoyed attempting to paint the birds that visit my bird feeder, but mostly by taking photos then painting from them.  They are simplistic pictures, but they are mine and I enjoy them!  I'm looking forward to learning to record nature as I see it (rather than from photos), and love the idea of recording thoughts and impressions alongside.  The monthly nature journal page especially appeals to me!
    • Diane
      Participant
      Chirps: 2
      I am an avid birder and my husband and I camp a lot.  While I have done some sketching when we have traveled it has never been organized or consistent.  Nature journaling will encourage me not only to capture some of the beauty that I see but also to write about the experience, something that isn't captured in a photo.  I also see it as a meditative exercise, a chance to slow down, be in the moment and observe the beauty around me either at home when when traveling.
    • Sheila
      Participant
      Chirps: 1
      1.I am retired and I love walking in nature.  I want to develop my powers of observation.  I have never drawn as a hobby so I want to see how I do with it. 2.  I like the idea of using geometric shapes to start the sketch.  I would like to record details in writing as well. A page per month sounds reasonable.    
    • Destiny
      Participant
      Chirps: 1
      I have been a bird watcher since I was a little girl. That practice has followed me into adulthood. I do want to get out in nature more, and nature journaling seems like a wonderful practice to incorporate into that time. I really appreciate the journals that include accurate renderings as well as facts and observations. I am very excited about this course. 10/22
    • Sue
      Participant
      Chirps: 2
      00064949 This is something I have been thinking about for a long time.  I have been doing Citizen Science for a number years birds, butterflies and dragonflies mostly.  I have wanted to see what my artistic ability is and do more with keeping records of what I see in nature.
    • Kristin
      Participant
      Chirps: 2
      I was inspired by Liz in a previous course I took about sketching birds. Also, I have kept a journal on trips I've taken out west and they are so special to me. They typically are not set up in anyway, and are on lined paper. I want to step it up a little bit! I want to start organizing my journal a bit more- and try to make entries weekly of normal, every day "wonders" so I form a habit that feeds my soul. I also want to be able to share this practice with my students.
    • Lee
      Participant
      Chirps: 2
      I was inspired to begin nature journaling by a recent trip to Alaska. I spent many days hiking in the wilderness with small groups of people (less than 6). One day I was hiking by myself and found time to get down on my hands and knees and look at the plant life. I took pictures and they were great but I found I wanted to spend more time with the plants. At the time I wished I had a journal to make some sketches. When I got home I had an email with information about this course. It was perfect timing. I know that sketching really allows you to see details that you might otherwise overlook. I am happy to be participating in this class. UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_28f7
    • Laura
      Participant
      Chirps: 2
      I want to develop my experience of observation
    • Daryl
      Participant
      Chirps: 1
      I'm enrolled in the Master Gardener Basic Program. Journaling will help reinforce what I am learning by teaching me to observe details and recording those details. I like the idea of using water color and recording time, place, weather, as well as, describing what I see.          
    • Martha
      Participant
      Chirps: 1
      I want to learn to preserve some of the colors and shapes of ordinary things that I see in different light outdoors, and to record some of my thoughts, feelings and observations. Some images that I see are so fleeting as light and seasons change and deserve preservation. I have no experience with drawing or painting.
    • Michelle
      Participant
      Chirps: 2
      1. What inspired me was the ability to capture detail in a full scene, or just one element, like a leaf or a twig. I'm also excited to learn how to gesture draw animals. I often get caught in the details and would love practice capturing just the important things to highlight a movement or a pose. Lastly, in my recent creativity journey, I've been captivated by urban sketching using pen and watercolor, so I hope to practice that in this course!
    • Laurie
      Participant
      Chirps: 1
      Nature journaling forces you to really observe the details about an animal or plant or place.  It also makes you aware of the overall appearance and behaviors, too.  By being actively involved in looking and recording makes you more aware of subtle things that you might overlook by just snapping a picture.  I want to improve my observation skills as well as my descriptive skills.
    • Asher
      Participant
      Chirps: 2
      I became inspired when I saw this course, and saw the chance to improve my ability to draw birds. I really like the idea of making each page tell a story and a journey, both of the creature and environment, and of the person making it.