Keeping a nature journal: Discover a whole new way of seeing the world around you

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  • Fairness and accuracy
  • Emphasis on skills building
  • Instructional soundness
  • Usability

Every environmental educator should have Claire Walker Leslie and Charles E. Roth’s classic book on nature journaling on their shelves. It is a visually stunning book which guides environmental educators in closer observations of nature throughout the seasons. One of my favorite drawings is a deciduous tree drawn in the winter with a closer look at a stem with a winter bud and a mature fruit. It reminds us that observations can be done any time of the year. This book would be great paired with citizen science bud burst studies. Pencil drawings and water color paintings are included, with little notes for more detail about what was drawn. Drawings include the date, time, measurements and labels which bring the reader into the drawings. This book has been used in Elementary Science Methods classes to teach the basics of observation skills but can also be used in art, biology, ecology, and writing classes to note the fine detail found in nature. A curriculum web for nature journaling near the end of the book shows the variety of ways to include this topic in teaching across the curriculum.

This book is a great resource for educators who want to teach the skill of observation.  The labels, sketches and paintings grab the readers attention and encourage people to look closer at every day items found in nature.  The book uses seasons to provide examples of what can be drawn.  The beginning of the book helps people start journaling and provides examples from different journals.

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