Nature Journal Club (1)

Second Saturdays of the Month

9am - 11pm

free, no rsvp

Summer Field Trips are here!

Travel with us to other locations around Kansas once a month this summer to go out and spend time in nature as a group! Anyone is welcome to come along, and bring whatever journaling/art materials you want. No rules, just journaling in nature.

Field trip schedule below.


Nature Journaling isn’t about making pretty art. It’s about sitting down with nature, looking closely, and deepening your curiosity about the world around us. You don’t have to be a naturalist or an artist, but you might become both.

Each Nature Journal Club meetup will include group exercises and lessons led by a GPNC Naturalist, followed by on-your-own free journaling time.

Bring your own sketchbook and drawing instruments.

For more information, contact Rachel Roth ( or join our Nature Journal Club Facebook Group.

This program series is intended for adults and older youth (14+), but anyone with a sincere interest in nature journaling is welcome to attend.

Recommended Supplies

> Anything you like to work with! (Seriously.)

If a lesson involves special materials, GPNC will provide it.

  • A Nature Journal

    Your nature journal can be a sketchbook, graph paper pad, watercolor journal, a fancy traveler's notebook... anything.

  • A Writing Instrument

    Choose your weapon(s), and don't feel like you have to stick to one thing or buy fancy supplies.

    My favorites are a ballpoint pen, mechanical pencil with blue lead, and waterbrushes (with a travel palette of 8 watercolors).

    Make sure your supplies are compatible. Some pens smear when exposed to markers, water, etc.

2019 Club Schedule

If the weather is bad, we will journal in the observatory or classroom.

  • May 11: FIELD TRIP

    UPDATE: Due to trail closings at TPNP, we are no longer visiting this preserve on May 11. Check the public Facebook Group for updates.


    We're going to be nature journaling at Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve this morning in an extended lesson-free nature journaling session! It's a 1hr 15min drive from GPNC. 

    We'll get started at TPNP at 9am

    Carpooling/caravan meets at 7:30 at the GPNC parking lot. Transportation is NOT provided, so coordinate with other members. 

  • June 8: Normal Meeting @ GPNC

    9 - 10: Adventure Maps

    10 - 11: Free journaling time.

  • June 22: FIELD TRIP

    Where are we going? Not sure yet! We'll poll the members to see where we end up going.

  • July 13: Normal Meeting @ GPNC

    9 - 10: Bugs!

    10 - 11: Free journaling time.

  • July 20: FIELD TRIP

    Where will we go?? Not sure yet! We'll probably create a FB poll to determine where we go.

  • August 10: Normal Meeting @ GPNC

    9 - 10: Stages of Growth/Timelines

    10 - 11: Free journaling time.

  • September 7: Normal Meeting @ GPNC

    NOTE: This is the FIRST Saturday.

    9 - 10: TBD Exercises

    10 - 11: Free journaling time.

  • October 12

    9 - 10: TBD Exercises

    10 - 11: Free journaling time.

  • November 9

    9 - 10: TBD Exercises

    10 - 11: Free journaling time.

  • December 14

    9 - 10: TBD Exercises

    10 - 11: Free journaling time.