Full-day nature journaling workshop in the Roma Street Parklands, Brisbane

Gardens are great places for nature journaling. These pages were created in the Adelaide Botanic Gardens.
Last time I went sketching in the Roma Street Parklands this perky water dragon stole the show!


On 30th November 2018 I’ll be leading a nature journaling workshop in the lovely Roma Street Parklands in Brisbane. The workshop is part of this years’ Ecological Society of Australia conference but non-conference goers are welcome to attend (including interested kids 10 years and over; kids under 15 years must be accompanied by an adult). See details below or on the conference website.

This is my ‘Introduction to Nature Journaling’ workshop, so no experience in drawing or writing is needed. Roma Street Parklands contains a variety of garden landscapes, with a mix of native and exotic plants. The water dragons and waterbirds are also very friendly, so lots of inspiration for nature journaling!

To book in you need to navigate through the online registration for the conference by clicking the green ‘online registration’ button on the right side of this page. Proceed through several pages of the registration form, ignoring all the other activities until you reach the ‘workshops’ page. Select this workshop and proceed to payment.

I hope to see you there!




Nature journaling – a practical way to combine art and science

Date: Friday 30 November 2018

Time: 1000-1600

Participation Fee: $50 (inc GST) per person

Venue: Roma Street parklands (participants are to meet at the outside tables next to the (now closed) cafe and public toilet; contact Paula Peeters on 0408 242 888 if needed). 

Good ecology starts with the close observation of nature, and so does good land management. Nature journaling is the practice of drawing and writing in response to nature. This rewarding activity can sharpen your observation skills, provoke all manner of questions and open the door to a deeper understanding of your natural surroundings. Nature journaling is also fun and relaxing, and you end up creating your own unique nature journal. It’s an activity for all ages and all levels of fitness. In this age when many people are becoming disconnected from nature, nature journaling can be a playful, inexpensive way to foster greater connection with nature, which can also result in greater care of nature.

This workshop will include beginner-level exercises in drawing and creative writing, activities to improve observation skills and generate questions about nature, and demonstrations of the use of various materials for nature journaling. The ecology of the site will be explored and interpreted. Ideas for including nature journaling in group activities and projects will be discussed. No prior experience or skills in drawing or writing are required.

BYO lunch, drinks and snacks, hat, sunscreen, insect repellent and shoes suitable for bushwalking.

Materials: Participants should bring their own unlined paper sketchbook and 2B pencil and/or permanent ink fineliner pen for drawing, plus a pen or pencil for writing. Lined paper for writing will be supplied.
Alternately, participants may purchase a materials kit for $25. A kit includes a good-quality sketchbook (Strathmore mixed media visual journal 8 x 5.5 inches), 2B pencil, permanent ink fine pen (Pigma micron), and a print copy of Paula’s book Make a Date with Nature: An introduction to nature journaling.


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