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Experience the natural world with fresh eyes!

Using the simple techniques in this book, anyone can learn how to start and keep an ongoing nature journal. Along the way you'll develop skills in observing, sketching, appreciating, and writing about life's beauty and mysteries.

"This creative process is a the heart of natural history observation, and it helps to make the best of experiences also the most lasting in memory for anyone wishing to enjoy it." - From the foreword by ...

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Overview


Experience the natural world with fresh eyes!

Using the simple techniques in this book, anyone can learn how to start and keep an ongoing nature journal. Along the way you'll develop skills in observing, sketching, appreciating, and writing about life's beauty and mysteries.

"This creative process is a the heart of natural history observation, and it helps to make the best of experiences also the most lasting in memory for anyone wishing to enjoy it." - From the foreword by Edward O. Wilson

"Drawing, writing and nature study can all seem a bit daunting to the uninitiated, but Keeping a Nature Journal with its friendly, rambling format and unpretentious drawings, makes keeping this kind of living record seem as natural and anxiety - free as taking a snapshot or writing a postcard to a friend. A great guide to discovering nature for yourself and creating your own work of art along to way." - Christopher W. Leahy, Director Center for Biological Conservation, Massachusetts Audubon Society

"This book offers people of all ages and interests a simple, direct method for getting outdoors to observe and enjoy the natural world around them." - Mark Wexler, Editor, National Wildlife

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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), www.nsta.org

“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: 169,701
  • 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. Leslie 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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  • Posted June 19, 2014

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     Great Guide to Drawing Nature "Drawing even the little th

     Great Guide to Drawing Nature

    "Drawing even the little things helps to focus the mind, calm the spirit. There's always something to be drawn."

    These simple words from author Clare Walker Leslie gave me the extra boost needed to buy this incredible book. I was already taken by the illustrations, as their gestural lines and coloring recalled the Vermont Nature Guide that I loved so much. Could I use drawing as a new way to record the world around me?

    In my past, drawing was either a class exercise or an imaginative exploration. I have kept writing journals which occasionally led to drawing, but I was always critical of my drawing for not capturing what I saw. I'm not as worried about that now because this book is filled with tips on how to draw, what to focus on, and how to see the beauty in things. Like the deciduous trees drawing exercise alone helped me break down something big and detailed (aka scary) into five easy steps - 1) observe its shape 2) quickly sketch its contour 3) start drawing from the base 4) pick out some parts of the tree like buds and fruits to draw but bunch leaf masses so it doesn't overwhelm you 5) shade the tree in a ring to give it roundness.

    If you are looking for ways to connect with nature, on your own or with a class, this book has so much to offer!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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