Keeping a Nature Journal


Reconnect with nature through sketching and writing with these simple methods for capturing the living beauty of each season. Clare Walker Leslie and co-author Charles E. Roth offer easy techniques, exercises, and prompts for all ages.

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Reconnect with nature through sketching and writing with these simple methods for capturing the living beauty of each season. Clare Walker Leslie and co-author Charles E. Roth offer easy techniques, exercises, and prompts for all ages.

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Editorial Reviews

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“A wonderful book for young people, this book has also inspired this old gardener to go out and get one of those nice new sketchbooks … ” — The New York Times

“Leslie’s approachable methods for recording the natural world have inspired many people.” — New Orleans Times-Picayune

“ … a step-by-step guide to getting started in a fascinating hobby of recording on paper what you see in nature.” — Cleveland Plain Dealer

“[C]oaches even beginners who think they cannot write or sketch but simply have a love of nature.” — San Jose Mercury News

“… an excellent teaching tool on how to go about seeing the world in a new way.” — Indianapolis Star

“This book was very motivating for me personally and I am ready to begin a nature journal. It could be used as a classroom supplement or a tool for personal professional development for all ages … a good resource for informal science organizations such as museums and camps.” —NSTA Recommends (National Science Teachers’ Association),

“Here’s a good gift book for gardeners, but also for non-gardeners who nevertheless enjoy communing with the great outdoors.” — Nashville Tennessean

“Learn to observe nature closely, sketch with confidence, keep accurate records, narrate the changing seasons, and more. Highly recommended for those interested in art journals or nature studies.” – Somerset Studio magazine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580174930
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 7/5/2003
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 187,670
  • Product dimensions: 9.31 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Clare Walker Leslie is a nationally known wildlife artist, naturalist, and educator. She conducts workshops and classes at various educational institutions such as Williams College and Massachusetts College of Art. She has written six books including Nature Drawing and The Art of Field Sketching. Clare lives in Vermont and Massachusetts.

Charles E. Roth is a teacher of science and the environment. He was Director of Education for the Massachusetts Audubon Society for many years and is active in numerous local, regional, and national environmental organizations. Besides authoring 20 books, Charles has received many awards including the Environmental Merit Award of the EPA. He resides in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

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Table of Contents

Part 1: Getting Started

Discovering Nature Journaling (3)

Beginning Your Journal (17)

A Sampling of Journaling Styles (37)

Part 2: Journaling through the Seasons

The Ongoing Journal (65)

The Autumn Journal (73)

The Winter Journal (89)

The Spring Journal (105)

The Summer Journal (121)

Part 3: Learning & Teaching Nature Journaling

Getting Started with Drawing (139)

Teaching Journaling to Groups of All Ages (155)

Journaling with School Groups (163)

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