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NATURE JOURNALING IN THE CLASSROOM

Math & Science

When Lewis and Clark began their journey west in 1804, their most valuable possessions were their journals.  Humans may now have explored nearly every inch of our planet, but there is always more to see and describe.  A nature journal is your ticket to a deep exploration of the world around you.  A nature journal is a place to record your encounters with the natural world - from the everyday to the sublime. Field sketches, regardless of the degree of artistic talent with which they are rendered, force us to look closely and observe nature as it really is.

Simply put, nature journaling is the regular recording of observations, perceptions, and feelings about the natural world around you.  The recording can be done in a wide variety of ways, depending on the individual journalist's interests, background, and training.  Some people prefer to record in written prose or poetry, some do it through drawing or painting, and others with photographs or tape recordings. Many people use a combination of these techniques.  This course will help you to integrate nature journaling into your art and science curriculum.  

Appropriate for teachers K-12. 

 

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Texts, Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Botsford Comstock. 1986. ISBN-10: 0801493846. Available used on Amazon for $11.95. Alternatively, available as a free e-book download at Internet Archive http://www.archive.org/details/handbookofnature002506mbp Keeping a Nature Journal: Discover a Whole New Way of Seeing the World Around You by Clare Walker Leslie, 2003. ISBN-10: 1580174930. Available used on Amazon for $9.00.

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