Nature journaling with your kids

When I first saw this idea I discounted it thinking it was not "manly enough."  But Nature Journaling has been a fantastic point of connection with my children, particularly my daughter. 

Nature journaling is the recording in words and pictures what you are observing while you are out in nature.  There is no “wrong way” to journal.  You don't have to have artistic talent.  You just record sights, sounds, smells, and anything else you observe.

Years after creating a drawing you will, almost magically, be able to recall the feelings and details of that day.  I encourage you to grab some colored pencils, a pocket size notebook, and at least one of your children and try this.  You'll be glad you did.


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