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Naturalist Challenge – Beginner

Nature Journal Club (1)

Second Saturdays of the Month

9am - 11pm

free, no rsvp

Nature Journal Club

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 (rachel@gpnc.org) 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.

Challenge Prompts:

You must complete at least 10/15 of the following prompts to finish this challenge. Good luck!

  • Catch a Frog

    Be gentle when handling amphibians because they have delicate skin. Using a net to help you is a good idea.

  • Catch an Insect

    Insects always have three body parts and six legs, so make sure your little "bug" counts! 

  • Get Muddy

    Make a mud pie, bury your toes in the mud, or just generally have a good time getting a little messy.

  • April 13

    9 - 10: TBD Exercises

    10 - 11: Free journaling time.

  • May 11

    9 - 10: TBD Exercises

    10 - 11: Free journaling time.

  • June 9

    9 - 10: TBD Exercises

    10 - 11: Free journaling time.

  • August 10

    9 - 10: TBD Exercises

    10 - 11: Free journaling time.

  • September 7

    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.