Community Nature Journaling: 2022 Summer Series
What is Nature Journaling? + Bones & Other Hard Parts
Cordova Center Education Room, 6:00 - 7:30 PM
What is Nature Journaling? + Creatures of the Dock
Cordova Center Education Room, 6:00 - 7:30 PM
Talk: Nature Journaling Opportunities in Cordova
North Star Theater, following screening of Max Romey's "Trailbound Alaska"
Tidepools: Sea Stars, Gunnels, & Crabs, Oh My!
Orca Beach, 6:00 - 7:30 PM
Shorebirds Eat What?! Mudflat Invertebrates
Hartney Bay (end of pavement), 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Fish Eat What?! Freshwater Invertebrates
Odiak Pond, 6:00 - 7:30 PM
Mapping with Lanscapitos
Nirvana Park, 6:00 - 7:30 PM
Seaweed What I See
Shelter ("Hippy") Cove, 6:00 - 7:30 PM
Ski Hill, 6:00 - 7:30 PM
Rescheduled! Now: July 3
In the Riparian: Life by the Riverside
Eyak River Boat Launch, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
What Grows Here? Cordova's Native Plants
Native Plant Garden (behind the hospital), 6:00 - 7:30 PM
Who's Bopping Beyond the Breakwater?
Breakwater Trail, 2:30 - 4:00 PM
It's All in the Water
Fleming Spit, 6:00 - 7:30 PM
What's Funky in the Forest?
Crater Lake Trailhead, 2:30 - 4:00 PM
Prepare to Nature Journal With Us
How Our Nature Journaling Events Work:
- All events are free! If you feel so inclined, you can make a small donation to our programs
- Drop in at any time during an event's timeframe
- Missed the last event? No worries! Participation in one event does not require attendance at any previous event. Attend the events that pique your curiosity!
- Event dates are subject to change. Check this page and our social media before heading out!
What to Bring:
- Dress for the weather
- Water & snacks
- Something to sit on
What We Provide:
- BASIC journaling supplies & tools
- Journaling prompts
- Science & art tips from our education experts
- *Transportation to journaling location
(*limited -- please reach out to us beforehand to arrange)
Considerations for Little Naturalists:
Our journaling events are designed for teens & adults. Ultimately though, these are family-friendly events and all ages are welcome! However, keep in mind that some naturalists under 8 years old will need significant direction from their caregivers to journal outside with us. Please plan accordingly. If little naturalists are attending, caregivers must also attend and are encouraged to participate alongside.
Introduction to Nature Journaling and Scientific Art
A partnership between PWSSC and Cordova High School, Introduction to Nature Journaling and Scientific Art is a year-long, once-weekly class offered to local teens. The class, broadly, is designed to inspire curiosity and connection to nature and to encourage practices of mindfulness. It introduces concepts of nature journaling, scientific illustration, and alternative natural art processes, using drawing and painting as a methodology to learn about nature and science. Students engage in field trips to native habitats and local organizations, to connect with their sense of place. They also listen as community members, some scientists; some artists; some both, give presentations and share their creative energy. Class topics range from Mushrooms in Colored Pencil to Hard Parts in Pen & Ink; from Cyanotypes to Wildlife Photography; from Plankton Photomicrography to Preserving Botanicals. The 2020-21 school year is the course’s inaugural run.
The structure of Introduction to Nature Journaling and Scientific Art was designed to address Place Based Education discussions PWSSC has been hosting with Cordova School District and community partners over the past few years. Connection to place, involving expert community members, and art were three topics identified as areas for growth during these conversations.
This program is supported by a RurAL CAP Foundation grant.
Our nature journaling activities are largely guided and inspired by the teachings of Clare Walker Leslie and John Muir Laws.
To learn more about nature journalers of the far north, check out the Boreal Nature Journal Club on Facebook
Pages from Our Students' Journals
Nature Journaling Prompts & Worksheets
Draw a Shorebird
Follow along with us as we draw a Western Sandpiper, one of the most common shorebirds to migrate through Prince William Sound!Video Tutorial
Winter Window Lookout
Pick any window in your house and investigate its view. Make sketches, take notes, and ask questions about what you see.Worksheet
Cold Creature Snapshot
Take a walk or a drive. Snap a few photos of a cool creature and its habitat. At home, use them to investigate the creature in your nature journal.Worksheet
Choose a favorite local plant, animal, or nature trail. Use photos and research to create a piece that can teach others about what you love.Worksheet