|How To Keep A Field Journal|
|Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.
|Never be afraid to record your observations, thoughts, and questions in your field journal. Ultimately, this journal is yours and you may keep it in any manner you wish! Allow your journal to be unique to you and reflect your personal style and creativity. Draw, paint, write, create poems, paste in photographs or articles you've clipped from newspapers and magazines. Make charts, lists, or labels. Be as organized or disorganized as you need to be.
As you begin, rely upon your senses. Ask yourself what you see, hear, smell, (I don't recommend tasting wild plants!) and feel with both your skin and your heart. Use this as a departure point for your writing or drawing. Recording the date, time, temperature, weather conditions, and your location will help bring the experience back into focus as you reread your field journal at a later date.
|Helpful Journaling Sites
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|Keep your journal just like a professional scientist (children)|
|The Wildones site offers an article entitled If You Want Your Child To Keep A Journal. It can be found under the Next Generation section on the left hand side of the page, near the bottom. (Parents)|
|Keep a family nature journal (Families)|
|Lesson plans for field journaling (Teachers)|
|The Nature Journal as a tool for learning (Teachers)|
|Keeping an illustrated Nature Journal (Adult or Advanced)|
|Nature Journaling as a healing work of heart (Everyone with a soul and all would be poets)|