Tracking for Journalers: The Secret Language of Nature (Lafayette)

Do you want to take your nature observations to the next level? Do you want to see more animals and understand more of what is going on around you? Join this illuminating class to learn how tracking and nature journaling combined can make you a much more perceptive naturalist. We will go over fundamental tracking knowledge, awareness exercises to make you more observant, and specific ways to enrich your journal pages with a tracking perspective. Marley will also share photos, stories, and journal pages from tracking adventures on three continents.

All ages and experience levels are welcome.

No registration necessary, $20 suggested donation.

Tracking for Journalers: The Secret Language of Nature (Tiburon)

Do you want to take your nature observations to the next level? Do you want to see more animals and understand more of what is going on around you? Join this illuminating class to learn how tracking and nature journaling combined can make you a much more perceptive naturalist. We will go over fundamental tracking knowledge, awareness exercises to make you more observant, and specific ways to enrich your journal pages with a tracking perspective. Marley will also share photos, stories, and journal pages from tracking adventures on three continents.

All ages and experience levels are welcome.  No registration necessary, $20 suggested donation.

Tiburon: Tuesday, 10-11:30
Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary
376 Greenwood Beach Road
Tiburon, CA 94920 United States

 

Elk Adventure!

In September, the North Coast Nature Journal Club will pass through the mists of time and go back to the Pleistocene! We will stand spellbound with our journals watching 500 pound tule elk thrashing coyote brush with their giant antlers and listening to the otherworldly bugling of more elk in the distance. We will be surrounded by biodiverse coastal prairie, a vast view of the ocean, and scenic coves and cliffs. All of this only a few hours drive from San Francisco. The elk will be on their most dramatic rutting behavior this time of year and we will get an opportunity to document it in our journals. We have also seen coyotes lounging, bobcats patrolling,  harrier hawk fly-bys, and cruising peregrines. For the instruction aspect we will focus on learning how to draw ungulates, how to draw antlers, and how to creatively depict action sequences in our journals. There will also be plenty of opportunity for painting landscape sketches.

The weather is variable at this coastal location so be prepared for everything. The hiking will be moderately strenuous due to the distances we will try to cover but the terrain will not be too technical. Wear comfortable hiking shoes, bring a folding stool, binoculars, and a potluck item to share on the trail. This location is not scooter friendly.

We will meet at 10 am at the Tomales Point trailhead parking lot at the very end of pierce point road near the old white barns. Look for people standing around with sketchbooks. This excursion will go longer than our usual meetup to take advantage of this special opportunity. 10am-4pm, potluck lunch at 12:30.

Be prepared for Nature Journaling goosebumps and a good dose of charismatic mammalian megafauna!

$20 suggested donation. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Enjoy and Journal at Heart’s Desire Beach!

In August, the North Coast Nature Journal Club is in for a treat! We are going to escape the heat but still get outside at Heart’s Desire Beach in Tomales Bay State Park! This gorgeous and sheltered beach is nestled between a biodiverse forest and the scenic Tomales Bay. In addition to endless botanical subjects to investigate we will have expansive vistas waiting to be painted.

We will focus on techniques for cultivating curiosity and organizing information on the page. We will also have ample opportunities to practice landscapitos in an incredible setting.

The temperature will be relatively mild but we will be in and out of the sun and despite the protected location wind will probably pick up as the day progresses. Hats will be useful and comfortable layered clothing is essential.  Wear comfortable shoes, bring a folding stool if you have one, a potluck item to share, utensils for yourself and water to drink. There is a bathroom on site. We will go for a short walk on fairly even dirt trails and some sand and end up at some picnic tables. Scooters can be accommodated but wheelchairs will probably not be able to work.

For more information about the location: http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=470

We will meet at 9 am in the parking lot. (earlier than our usual start time) Look for people standing around with sketchbooks.  Bring a potluck item to share for lunch around 12:30. Bring food that you can carry with you on the trail.

$8 parking fee at this location

$20 suggested donation.

This class is limited to 12 people. Please email me to reserve your spot.

Learn to Nature Journal at the Hallberg Butterfly Gardens!

 

I’m super excited to be collaborating with the biodiverse pollinator sanctuary Hallberg Butterfly Gardens! We will be offering an introduction to nature journaling course at their site in Sebastopol. Insects and pollinators are not only fascinating to study and draw but they play a huge part in our ecosystems and have been seriously endangered in recent years. As nature journalers, our observations can play an important role in citizen science and creating a record of these species in our areas.

Supplies will be included!  The class is offered at a sliding scale. $45 minimum to register. Please use the ticket link or contact us to sign up. info@hallbergbutterflygardens.org (707)823-3420

 

Scope Out Shollenberger Wetlands!

In May, the North Coast Nature Journal Club will scope out the marshes of Shollenberger park near Petaluma. This convenient park provides ample opportunities to sketch water birds and learn about California’s coastal wetlands, the most endangered of all our ecosystem types! The Audobon Society and local docents report 225 species of birds! There will also be expansive views of the long extinct volcano that is Sonoma mountain. We will focus on drawing and learning about the plants and birds that inhabit this area and we will also practice composing and executing small landscapes showcasing Sonoma mountain in the background.

Meet at the parking lot at 9:00. Earlier than our normal time! We are meeting earlier to beat the heat a little bit.

The address below might only get you to the intersection of Cader ln if you are following a GPS. From South Mcdowell blvd you will turn onto Cader lane/ Schollenberger park rd and continue to the parking lot. It could be a warm sunny day and we will be out in the open so plan accordingly. Sun hats, sunscreen, lots of water. The walk is very gentle, flat, and wheelchair and scooter accessible on a paved route. We will return to the parking lot before the potluck so you can keep bulkier food and beverage items in your car. Bring a light folding stool if you have one, we will do some more extended landscape and plant paintings at this location.

As usual be prepared to get super-curious in nature and connect with like minded people! Bring a potluck item to share for lunch around 12:30.

Suggested donation $20

Nature Journal Quick Tip:

Nature Journaling is not about drawing pretty pictures. It is about accelerating your learning and deepening your observations and connection in nature. Ironically, if you are focused on pretty pictures you will struggle to get pretty pictures and you will struggle to deepen your observations and accelerate your learning in nature  🙁

However, if you focus on the learning and observation you will end up getting prettier and prettier pictures as a by product.

Nature Journal Full Bloom!

In April, the North Coast Nature Journal Club will have the special opportunity to spend the day in a flower-filled apple orchard. We will enjoy the beauty of the blossoms, practice drawing the 100 year old trees, and learn about the endangered Gravenstein apple and how biodiversity is connected to our food system. We will also have a good opportunity to learn about the pollinators and other animals that call these orchards home.

For the lesson portion of the field trip we will talk about techniques for drawing trees and tricks for depicting numerous repeating patterns such as flowers or leaves. We will also discuss how to divide space on your page to create a better composition. As usual, we will practice intentional curiosity, visual thinking, and careful observation in a supportive community setting.

We will not be hiking long distances on this trip but the ground will be uneven. Wear layered clothing and be prepared for either sun and warmth or cool breezy conditions. Scooters or wheelchairs can be accommodated at this location.

This wonderful opportunity is made possible by our nature journaling friend Carole who has offered us the use of her orchard for this event. Please be respectful while we are on the property. Carole has been kind enough to allow us to use her bathroom while we are there.

We will enjoy a very scenic Potluck lunch around 12:30. We won’t need to hike with our food because we will be eating near the cars.

$20 suggested donation. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Rainy Day? Eleven Nature Journal Ideas

It has been a really rainy/snowy winter, but that should not keep us from nature journaling. I spent a rainy day making this video with Eleven nature journaling ideas you can practice when the weather outside is frightful.

If you like this video please thumbs up and subscribe to my channel. If you have any other good rainy day ideas let me know in the comments.