Nature Journalling – Does there really need to be a focus each year?

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  • Alysee123

    Sorry for all the questions! I’m a newbie.

    I’ll admit I’ve been nature journalling for years without knowing what it’s been called until recently so since my kids were old enough to enjoy coloring and drawing, I’ve encouraged them to go outside with me and do the same but I haven’t really had them focus on one specific topic such as birds, but I’ve been reading that it seems people focus on a topic to cover for the year of nature journalling, is that the “right way” or is a free-for-all okay for learning?

    Karen Smith

    I recommend that each time you do a formal nature study that you choose a topic to focus on. You should vary the topic throughout the year, but feel free to revisit some of the topics several times in a year. For example, your children should choose a tree to observe throughout the year. Your nature study for at least four times in the year would focus on observing the tree, once in each season.

    You may want to take a look at the sample of our Journaling a Year in Nature book for an example of how you can change the focus of your nature study each time you go out.

    In addition to your more focused nature study time, you should allow time for spontaneous nature study too. Sometimes unexpected opportunities to observe an aspect of nature are the most memorable learning experiences!


    Thanks for the clarification.

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