5 steps to creating a nature journal

Who?
Everyone, Everywhere, Everyday
Where?
Your backyard, local area or park
Keeping a nature journal is one of the most popular and fun ways for people to connect with nature. Discover how to create a nature journal in 5 simple steps.
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Whether it’s writing or drawing about a discovery in a garden, park or observation in your own backyard, a nature journal is the perfect way to observe nature. Journaling allows time for quiet contemplation and mindfulness while creating positive emotions.

You can head along to a few nature journaling events as part of Adelaide National Park City Month.

To help get you started, we caught up with journaling expert Jenny Deans to discover how to create a nature journal in 5 simple steps.

You can head along to a few nature journaling events as part of Adelaide National Park City Month.

To help get you started, we caught up with journaling expert Jenny Deans to discover how to create a nature journal in 5 simple steps.

1.    Find a notebook and pencil

Keep it simple, a notebook and pencil are all you require. The less fuss, the more likely you are to journal frequently.

2.    Record and take your time

Record the date and time before starting to journal. Remember to take your time and immerse yourself in the moment. If you can, put your mobile and watch aside to help you forget the concept of time to increase your awareness of nature.

3.    Start small

Begin simply by sketching an object such as a leaf. Visit a place that you love such as one of South Australia’s National Parks, a local creek or green area.

Starting small will allow you to overcome any journaling block and get you in the zone for a memorable experience.

4.    Draw and describe

Describe nature as you see it. Consider colour, smell and textures when making a journal entry.

It’s important to build on any drawing with descriptors that capture the moment as well as stories about nature.

It is your thoughts and observations of nature that are the real creations of your nature journal.

5.    Enjoy and don’t seek perfection

Nature journaling can be likened to a documented daydream – it’s not always intended to flow or make sense.

The focus should always be the nature and not the page.

Get involved with Adelaide National Park City

Book your spot at Anstey Hill’s natural journaling events to learn more.

Find out what else is on by visiting the Adelaide National Park City Month event webpage.

You can help get the message out about Adelaide National Park City by sharing the ways you connect with nature with your family, friends and colleagues on socials with the hashtag #AdelaideNationalParkCity.