Author: Melinda

A little inspiration sparks wonder: Leaf quest

A little inspiration sparks wonder: Leaf quest

Earlier this month I led a nature journaling session about leaf diversity for the Monterey Bay Nature Journal Club Online. I introduced some basics about leaf type, shapes, arrangement on the stem, and vein patterns. There are a bazillion examples in nature, and I focused 

Cahaba River: Virtual nature journaling trip (video)

Cahaba River: Virtual nature journaling trip (video)

Topic for today Monterey Bay Nature Journal Club (MBNJC) Member Amy Sides takes us down to get our feet “wet” at her nearby nature in Alabama to explore the Cahaba River and the special lilies that live there. We’ll be taking a virtual trip through 

A whale of a wonder: impromptu nature journaling

A whale of a wonder: impromptu nature journaling

A few days ago we came across a dead fin whale on our beach while on a walk, at Asilomar Beach, Pacific Grove, California. This was an unusual and wonderful opportunity for impromptu nature journaling. It was cold and windy but I managed to spend 

Sketching in the moment

Sketching in the moment

Being on screens so much these days for teaching, communication, emails, etc, I often don’t realize how much I am missing out on nature. I know that I need time out in the natural world to offset technology time and help me feel centered, and 

Spark your Bird Love with Nature Journaling

Spark your Bird Love with Nature Journaling

Want to learn how to be a better birder? Curious about the birds at your feeder or singing in your yard? Spark your bird love with this nature journaling course.

Boost your Naturalist Skills with Nature Journaling—California Wildlife day (video)

Boost your Naturalist Skills with Nature Journaling—California Wildlife day (video)

Boost your Naturalist Skills with Nature Journaling—California Wildlife day April 2021 You can see all the videos from event here: https://www.carmelriverwatershed.org/cwd-2021-recap.html  Melinda Nakagawa introduces how nature journaling can be used to improve your naturalist skills, and does an interactive demo.

Mindset matters: Small shifts for ease and joy in nature journaling (video)

Mindset matters: Small shifts for ease and joy in nature journaling (video)

Our beliefs and attitudes shape how we interact with the world, and with nature journaling. Sometimes we may get stuck in old beliefs that prevent us from moving forward. Whether you’re new to nature journaling or been journaling for a while, you’ll find something that 

Spark your Curiosity: Nature Journaling online course-July 2021

Spark your Curiosity: Nature Journaling online course-July 2021

Do You: Enjoy nature but don’t know what you’re seeing? Want to be more confident in drawing nature? Want to start a nature journal but don’t know how? Join Spark your Curiosity Nature Journaling course– Here’s what we’ll explore in this introductory class live online 

Color walk in nature

Color walk in nature

This time of year there are so many colors emerging- various shades of greens to each color of the rainbow. One fun activity I like to do is a Color Walk. There are a few ways I like to do color walks 1. In person, 

BNI presentation (video)

BNI presentation (video)

Melinda’s 10-minute presentation for Santa Cruz Business Builders BNI Chapter. Here about why Melinda does the works she does with connecting people to nature. More about our BNI Chapter here.