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COVID-19 has us all adapting to the directives from public health officials —we’re being asked to self-isolate and be physically distant from one another. As the spaces we frequent and ways we spend our time shift, many of us are gravitating towards explorations in nearby nature . Time in nature is known to support our sense of self, well-being, and reduce stress . For the little ones who are home from school or daycare, nature can be an innate classroom and playground, teeming with opportunity for self-directed learning, inquiry, and observation. Observing nature fosters emotional and intellectual development, creativity, math skills, problem solving skills, resiliency, science skills, and happiness. “Journaling is the single most powerful tool to supercharge your observation, memory, and connection with nature. It is the critical foundational habit of being a naturalist and scientist.” —John Muir, field guide author, renowned conservationist What is Nature Journaling? Nature journaling is an approach used to encourage observation of the natural world. It requires nothing but a notebook and pencil, and is the art of capturing observations in nature through drawing, writing, diagrams, and doodles. A nature journal can include a record of your wildlife sightings, emotions, and scientific observations. […]

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