Travel Journal for Social Connection!

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

I had a fantastic time this week sketching, painting and telling stories in a community nature journal that has been travelling between members of The Nature Journal Club! 🌿 I let my curiosity lead the content of the pages and ended up sketching and learning about different subjects than I had planned!

This would be a wonderful way to keep connected with friends and family as we are still social distancing and the Canada-US border is closed. Here are some ideas to get started:

  1. Purchase a sketching journal (one that could be used with dry or wet colors).
  2. Post the guidelines on the inside cover (ie. You can nature journal in the book for 5 pages or 5 days, whichever comes first).
  3. Send it to a friend or family member.
  4. The recipient can sketch, write a story, poem, use pencil crayons or watercolor, record scientific facts – the possibilities are endless!
  5. The recipient can post photos on social media and then choose the next person to send it to, or choose someone from the comments on the social media post.
  6. It would be fun to collect photos of all pages in an online photo album so others can enjoy the creativity!

I had a delightful, playful experience with this Red-Breasted Sapsucker – a species of Woodpecker in the Pacific Northwest! This was at the Three Forks Dog Park in beautiful Snoqualmie, WA (see the scenic video by Presence Videography) I got close to him with the zoom lens camera and he would hop around to the other side of the tree, playing hide-and-seek with me for quite awhile! Fun! When I looked at the photos later, I realized he had a grub in his beak! (An interesting fact is that these woodpeckers drill horizontal and vertical lines of holes into the tree to find grubs – which is unfortunately often fatal to the tree!)

There are more resources and ideas for journaling on my Nature Journaling page!

What ideas can you share in the comments that will help us keep socially connected while we’re apart?

Warmly,
Karen

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