Ever wanted to try nature journaling? Not sure what it is? Nature journaling is the act of keeping a journal that is specifically devoted to recording observations in nature. I’m currently earning an MA in Biology and for one of my projects this semester, I’m looking to start a nature journaling group! However, there are many different techniques to nature journaling, so I’m looking to find out which techniques participants prefer the most and why. For this project, I have decided to focus on two of the most common nature journaling techniques – field journaling and memory journaling. Field journaling is actively writing and drawing experiences/encounters with nature while in the field. Memory journaling, on the other hand, is focused on experiencing nature first, then writing about the experience later.
If you would like to give each of these journaling techniques a try and provide some feedback about the proposed exercises, please follow the instructions listed below and take the short survey found at the bottom of the page.
Consent: Please note that participation in this study is voluntary, participants will remain anonymous, and the results of the study and subsequent survey will only be shared with my class. You must be 18 years or older to complete this study.
Tools needed: Paper/notebook, item to write/draw with (pen, pencils, etc.).
Field Journaling Instructions: Choose a space outdoors where you can quietly observe a plant of your choosing for 30 minutes. Using a piece of paper or a notebook, record observations of your chosen plant. These can be in the form of a combination of drawings, sketches, or short, written observations. To help get you thinking of what to record, consider the color of the plant, or its shape. Is it dormant, or in bloom? Does it have a smell? What’s around the plant? These are suggestions, but the goal is to focus on observing and recording your chosen plant.
Memory Journaling: For this exercise, choose a different area of your chosen space and a different plant to focus on for 30 minutes. Without recording any observations, focus solely on being present with your chosen plant and the surrounding space. Inwardly take note of the sights, sounds, and smells, observing and experiencing without interruption. After the 30 minute exercise has been completed, record your observations and experiences in your notebook or on a piece of paper from memory.
Once your have completed the field and memory journaling exercises, please record your feedback through this survey
Thank you for participating!