As stewards, it can be easy to get caught up in our never-ending battles with invasives and other restoration work, and forget to pause and truly see the natural areas we’re working in. Winter is a perfect time to reflect and reconnect. Ecologist Jacqueline Courteau will share ideas and prompts for using nature journaling to connect to nature. Not just a field notebook, a nature journal can be used as a form of meditation and reflection, to heighten observation skills, and to increase feelings of gratitude and connectedness—to nature, to community, and to memory. This session will offer inspiration to deepen your connection to the land you love. We’ll supply paper and colored pencils, or bring your own unlined journal and favorite pens, pencils, or markers. BRING YOUR COATS AND ENOUGH LAYERS TO STAY WARM FOR 20 MINUTES OUTDOORS, although there will be indoor options as well. Come and cultivate your curiosity and sense of wonder!
(Re)Connect to Nature: Nature Journaling as Observation and Meditation