Tag: nature journaling

Following inspiration: Nasturtiums

Following inspiration: Nasturtiums

On this particular day, I wandered around looking for something to capture my attention. The nasturtium flowers were in full bloom and I have been wanting to study them. Here is a series of photos showing the process of how I nature journaled this page.…

Drowning in the details? Intention is the lifeline that can get you out.

Drowning in the details? Intention is the lifeline that can get you out.

Sometimes during a nature journaling session, I find myself getting caught up in drawing minute details: every feather, hundreds of pollen specks, or pinecone scales . This can be painfully time-consuming! Sometimes I might want to show this level of detail because its a point…

PG Museum series: #1 Native Plants (Video)

PG Museum series: #1 Native Plants (Video)

Nature Journal at the Museum Series

Nature Journaling is far more than knowing how to sketch. It’s about reconnecting to nature, observing what lies around us, and deepening our relationship to the natural world through curiosity and wonder.

Spark in Nature’s Melinda Nakagawa and Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History (PGMNH) partners to bring this series o you.

Let’s go on a journey to opening our eyes to nature around us, while building our own nature journal with museum specimens!

Dates and Times:

Six Fridays:

  • Aug 21: Native Plants
  • Aug 28: Monarchs, etc
  • Sep 4: Birds
  • Sep 11: Small mammals
  • Sep 18: Snakes and kin
  • Sep 25: Marine organisms

5:30 PM- 6:30 PM Pacific Daylight time

Link for Meeting

Join us a few minutes before the start time and click to Join the Zoom Meeting


Support the Museum and Spark in Nature

This event series is free and open to all.

However, at this time, your donations make a huge difference to the Museum and to Melinda. Your gift ensures that we can continue to bring these and more free events to the community. Thank you!

The Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History : Donate to PGMuseum 

Melinda at Spark in Nature:  Donate to Spark in Nature

We have partnered in our shared mission to inspire discovery, wonder, and stewardship of our natural world.


What to bring?

All levels of experience are welcome.

Bring a journal/paper, a pencil, and your curiosity!

Optional: your favorite color media, colored pencils or watercolor.

For more free Sunday Nature Journaling: See Calendar here 


Galaxies in petunias

Galaxies in petunias

This year my petunias are overflowing with blossoms! They remind me of the starry night sky. A deep blue-purple with spattered white markings that fade around the margins- like galaxies! It makes me so happy look at them. This morning it was my inspiration for…

Intro to Nature Journaling: Level 2- Fall 2020

Intro to Nature Journaling: Level 2- Fall 2020

Registration open Now. Save your spot! After Level 1 course, continue to expand and reinforce your nature journal skills. Learn more tools and strategies to enrich your journal pages. Practice and learn with others! Join the Intro to Nature Journaling Level 2 course Open to…

July 26: Words – Telling a story

July 26: Words – Telling a story

Use words, pictures and numbers to convey your nature experience.

What we’ll be doing

By incorporating words with pictures, the nature journal become more that a record of an experience, but tells a story of what happened during time in nature.

This Sunday we’ll look at using descriptive words, simile, and simple poetry in our nature journal pages.

We’ll also practice nature journaling off line in our own nature, and share our discoveries at the end.


Who can attend

Open to all. No experience needed.

We meet at 9:30am Pacific Daylight Time, US on Sundays on Zoom. The session begins with an introduction of a topic, then we log off to nature journal in our own nearby nature, then wrap up with sharing our experiences and journal pages.


Meeting Link:

Sundays in July, 09:30 AM Pacific (US and Canada)

https://zoom.us/j/604293250?pwd=ZG9JZ00vZ1hpVmM0aFVvd2t2NGR5Zz09

Meeting ID: 604 293 250
Password: nature


What to bring

Open to all levels!

Handout: get it here

Have a journal or paper, and a pencil. Color pencils or watercolor optional.

And bring your curiosity and willingness to try!


Donation Based

$20 Suggested Donation. Your contribution keeps these events available to all.

If you are unable to donation, please come anyways. You are welcome in our group. You an pay it forward with generosity to others.

Thank you for your support!

Extra-ordinary: Squash blossoms

Extra-ordinary: Squash blossoms

This week’s topic in one of my nature journal classes was FLOWERS. I taught about basic flower anatomy- petals, sepals, stamen and pistil, to name a few. We looked at a few of the more common plant families and characteristics of their flowers. With this…

July 19: Words in your journal (Video)

July 19: Words in your journal (Video)

What we’ll be doing Nature journaling is made up of words, pictures and numbers to record our experience in nature. This Sunday we’ll be exploring different ways to incorporate WORDS in our nature journal pages. Adding words (such as labels, titles, questions, thoughts, etc) makes…

Monterey Bay Nature Journal Club- Virtual Sundays

Monterey Bay Nature Journal Club- Virtual Sundays

Weekly Nature Journaling

Live on Zoom Conferencing
Sundays at 9:30AM Pacific Time, US

All are welcome!

Meeting Format:

At 9:30am Pacific: Log into Zoom meeting: I’ll share some ideas, do a demonstration and offer a nature journaling prompt

~10:30 am Pacific: We log off of Zoom. Nature Journal in our own nearby nature (or indoors).

At 11:30am Pacific: Rejoin in Zoom (same meeting ID) for journal sharing and reflections.


Meeting Link:

Sundays in July, 09:30 AM Pacific (US and Canada)

Meeting Link: https://zoom.us/j/604293250?pwd=ZG9JZ00vZ1hpVmM0aFVvd2t2NGR5Zz09

Meeting ID: 604 293 250
Password: nature


What to bring

Open to all levels!

Have a journal or paper, and a pencil. Color pencils or watercolor optional.

And bring your curiosity and willingness to try!


$20 Suggested Donation. Your contribution keeps these events available to all. Thank you for your support!