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Connecting to Curiosity (4 of 6)

February 1 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm PST

FREE 6-week nature journaling series with Melinda at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

This series as already started but there’s still room if you want to jump in!

How to register:

1. Click here to register.

Please Register at the link above to be sure you get the email updates with how to prepare for class.

2. You will get the zoom link by email

Learn how to create nature journal entries using marine animals and artifacts. Perfect for participants of all skill levels. Beginners will get started, and experienced journalers will learn to deepen and enrich their practice.

Dates for this workshop series (Pacific Time):

  • January 11, 3:30–5 p.m.
  • January 18, 3:30–5 p.m.
  • January 25, 3:30–5 p.m.
  • February 1, 3:30–5 p.m.
  • February 8, 3:30–5 p.m.
  • February 15, 3:30–5 p.m.

Nature journaling asks us to pay closer attention to the natural world by recording our observations on paper. We use words (descriptions, titles, questions), drawings (sketches, diagrams and other visual elements), and numbers (measurements, counts). It’s a practice that sharpens our awareness, deepens our knowledge and relationship with nature, and cultivates curiosity and a sense of wonder.

In these workshops, we’ll use drawing not as art, but as a learning tool — it’s a skill that everyone can learn with practice. When drawing, we’ll need to pay careful attention, honing our observation and drawing skills. As a result, we may begin to experience more of the world around us.

Nature journaling slows us down to the pace of nature, improves our memory, sparks creativity and cultivates a sense of joy — a calming counter-balance to a technology-filled life.

In this live interactive series, we’ll learn the foundations of nature journaling and practice with marine animals from our Bechtel Center for Ocean Education and Leadership.


Materials needed:

No special materials required. Please feel free to use what you have on hand.

  • Paper or sketchbook (5×7 or larger). Consider purchasing our Sea Sketches journal to support us!
  • Pencils or pens
  • Colored pencils or watercolors (optional)
  • Nature objects: Bring one or two objects from nature. Smaller than a loaf of bread— It can be something you found outside (ex: leaf, stone, seed pod, lichen, shells) or from indoors (ex: apple, banana, zucchini, spinach leaf).
  • Your curiosity



Open to all regardless of skill level. Whether you are new or have been keeping a nature journal for a while, everyone will find something new or apply a skill in a new way.

You do not need to have a background in science or in drawing.

Teachers get Priority Registration. This workshop is offered for free. We invite you to make a donation to the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

How to register:

1. Click here to register.

Please Register at the link above to be sure you get the email updates with how to prepare for class.



February 1
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm PST