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Nature journaling for adults

Introduction to nature journaling offered at Jack London State Historic Park
Nature journaling for adults
Sarah Reid will introduce the joys of nature journaling at Jack London State Historic Park.Source: Jack London State Historic Park


Nature journaling brings people closer to nature through observations in writing, counting, drawing, taking notes, and wondering. Journaling can be therapeutic, quieting, and meditative. The result is a personal and sometimes revealing record of observations. It doesn’t require being an “artist” or a “naturalist pro,” only the ability to think “I notice … I wonder … It reminds me of …” while exploring the natural world.

On Sunday, March 27, naturalist Sarah Reid will lead an interactive workshop titled, “Introduction to Nature Journaling for Adults,” at Jack London State Historic Park. The workshop runs from 9 to 11 a.m.

Participants should bring any kind of journal, lined or blank, and pen(s) or soft pencil (#2 or HB). Colored pencils, watercolor pencils, a small watercolor kit, and water-brushes are recommended but not required.

“Keep it simple,” Reid says. “My favorite sketching pen is the Micron 05 black or sepia. I like mixed-media cardstock journals so I can use a variety of pens/paint/pencils.”

Reid has been leading outdoor education programs and events in Sonoma County since the late 1970s, and has been a volunteer in local parklands and at Jack London State Historic Park since 2004. She completed the University of California’s naturalist certificate program in 2017 and enjoys sharing her passion for local parks and nature. She is an avid hiker and equestrian and a self-professed addict of iNaturalist and nature journaling.

Participants should bring water, wear sturdy shoes for hiking, and bring layers clothing appropriate for the weather. A folding, easy-to-carry chair or stool, or a reuseable plastic garbage bag to sit on the ground, is also suggested. Binoculars and a macro lens or loupe are optional.

The park gate opens at 8:30 a.m., and the program will start at 9 a.m. sharp, beginning in the ranch parking lot to the right of the entry kiosk. The group will walk from there to the Pig Palace and back. The event will be cancelled in the event of rain.

After the program, visitors can enjoy the park’s historic side and learn about the lives of famed author Jack London and his wife, Charmian, who made the place they called “Beauty Ranch” their home.

Tickets are $10 per person and do not include the parking fee (regularly $10 per car for up to nine passengers). The program is limited to 10 people.

To reserve tickets, visit events.