One with Nature

A free workshop at Audubon of Martin County teaches the art of nature journaling

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Audubon of Martin County’s “Keeping a Nature & Wildlife Journal” workshop. Photo by Lesley Roy.
Audubon of Martin County’s “Keeping a Nature & Wildlife Journal” workshop. Photo by Lesley Roy.

We could all use a moment to slow down and reconnect with nature. For Jill Gleichman, that was the goal when she launched the Audubon of Martin County’s “Keeping a Nature & Wildlife Journal” workshop, which teaches participants how to create a nature journal full of illustrations, scientific notes, and personal thoughts. The free workshop, which is open to both Audubon members and the public, brings participants together online to review a variety of nature-journaling workbooks created by scientific illustrator Liz Clayton Fuller of the Cornell Lab’s Bird Academy. “She does tutorials and shows samples of wildlife illustrations in nature journals,” Gleichman says. “We meet online first and go over those materials, then we meet in person at a regional park or the Audubon’s Possum Long Nature Center. We spend time sitting in nature, observing what we see, and journaling. The slower pace is a really beautiful part of the program.” The next workshop is scheduled for April 19. All expertise levels are welcome, and registration is available online.

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