Nature journaling is a way to keep a record of what you observe and experience in nature. It is a tool to help you become immersed in your surroundings and remember those experiences. You do not need to be a scientist or an artist to enjoy nature journaling, you just need to be curious.
Every week, we will be posting prompts to help you explore nature from your home, balcony, backyard, or local trail. There’s so much beauty and wonder around us if we take a moment to observe.
Need a little more structure? Print our blank nature journal template or guided nature journal activities below to dive into your nature exploration.
Taking a walk or hike along a non-crowded trail is not only good for your physical health, it is essential for our mental well-being, especially in stressful times like these. Join our education staff on their walks and see what they see.
VIDEO - Introduction to iNaturalist & Plant Identification: Poison Oak vs. Blackberry
VIDEO - Citizen Science: Phenology
VIDEO - Botany: Oak Catkins
VIDEO - Seed Dispersal: Stork’s Bill
VIDEO - Plant Identification: Nemophila
VIDEO - Wildlife Spotting: Bumble Bees
VIDEO - Conservation: French Broom
VIDEO - Plant Identification: Mugwort
VIDEO - Plant Identification: Lupines
VIDEO - Ecology: Poison Oak Berries
VIDEO - Wildlife Spotting: Banana Slug
VIDEO - Seed Dispersal: Oats
VIDEO - Conservation: #NoToPlastic
VIDEO - Plant Identification: Suncups
Need an ID? We recommend iNaturalist, an excellent identification app that not only can help you name the plants and animals around you, but can also help scientists by collecting data on the distribution and biodiversity in an area. Click here to see how it works.