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Nature Journaling in National Parks

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Published April 5th 2022
Capture observations while exploring
Mount George Conservation Park
Mount George Conservation Park


I was recently introduced to nature journaling and found it to be a rewarding experience. Although mainly practised by naturalists and ecologists, anyone can capture their observations while exploring a national park or any nearby open spaces including their own backyard. All you need is a notebook and some coloured pencils.

Mount George Conservation Park
Mount George Conservation Park


Mount George Conservation Park
Mount George Conservation Park


Last weekend, a group of us went exploring at Mount George Conservation Park in the Adelaide Hills. Inspired by the beauty of the bush, we each had a go at either drawing a picture or writing a poem. I chose to draw. I watched the birds and noted their features, beaks and feet in particular. I also observed the behaviours of the larger animals. All in all, we were journaling away for a good hour and a half that morning.

nature journaling
My attempt at nature journaling


nature journaling
My attempt at nature journaling


Nature journaling is easy and flexible enough for every member of the family. I would recommend it if you're looking for a new way to enjoy one of our many national parks. It'll be as though you are seeing nature with a fresh pair of eyes. The 3-step process involves (1) grabbing your notebook and coloured pencils, (2) finding inspiration in the bush or elsewhere, and (3) drawing/writing what you observe.

nature journaling
My attempt at nature journaling

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Why? Capture observations while exploring
When: Anytime
Where: A national park or any open spaces
Your Comment
A great idea Audrey to get people involved with nature. I will stick with a camera. Your drawings did look like the subject, so to me that is art.
by Neil Follett (score: 3|4142) 91 days ago
what a brilliant idea to preserve a record of our natural heritage
by Gillian Ching (score: 3|4873) 91 days ago
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