The Nature Journal as a Tool for Learning
Recording observations and feelings in a field journal can be a powerful way to get to know the natural community and geography of the home environment. Field journals use observations, reflections, drawings, and writing in the process of learning about nature. The Nature Journal as a Tool for Learning Web site provides an introduction to using nature journals in a school setting, but the information is useful for anyone interested in the subject.
Keeping a Nature Journal: Discover a Whole New Way of Seeing the World Around You, by Clare Walker Leslie and Charles E. Roth (Storey Publishing, 2003; $18.95), is both inspiring and easy to use. The authors offer simple techniques for first-time journal-keepers to get started observing, sketching, and writing, while also motivating those more experienced to hone their observation skills. Beautifully illustrated, the book offers a wide range of information on drawing and materials, plus gives examples of different journaling techniques and tips on how to set up a nature study and keep records.