Upcoming nature journaling events in Brisbane and Central Australia

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Nature journaling along the Manorina Track, D’Aguilar National Park, near Brisbane. Neolitsea dealbata in the foreground.

If you need an excuse to get out in nature, and you are near Brisbane or Alice Springs, well maybe I have an event for you! Over the next few months I’ll be leading nature journaling workshops and giving presentations at a range of venues, including Toohey Forest in Brisbane and Owen Springs Reserve, near Alice Springs.

This Saturday there’s a great event in Redlands, Brisbane, that combines folk music with great food, displays, kid’s activities and everything enviro. Come along for what should be a wonderful day, and it’s FREE:

Nature journaling presentations and display at the Indigi Day Out & Folk Redlands Festival of Music, Redlands Indigiscapes Centre, Redlands, Queensland. Listen to a brief introduction to nature journaling, check out the nature journals on display, and have a go at creating a nature journal entry. Books, cards and nature journaling kits will be available for purchase. Saturday 3rd June 2017, from 10am to 3pm FREE

In a month’s time there will be a fab full-day nature journaling workshop at Owen Springs Reserve near Alice Springs for only $10. But you will need a high-clearance 4WD for this one:

Nature journaling workshop 10 am – 3pm Owen Springs Reserve, Northern Territory. Sunday 2nd July 2017. $10 per person. Contact Alice Springs Parks and Wildlife office on 08 8951 8250 to make a booking.

Then in late July, come along for a two-hour introduction to nature journaling in the lovely Toohey Forest, south of Brisbane:

Nature journaling workshop Toohey Forest, Brisbane. 10 am – 12 pm. Saturday 29th July 2017. $20 per person, BYO materials or purchase a materials kit on the day. Make your booking here.

Quick sketches of critters made during a Gecko’s Wildlife presentation.

Nature journaling is a great, relaxing way to spend time out in nature, and to observe more, and learn more about your surroundings. No prior experience of drawing or writing is necessary.

It is hard to draw moving subjects, like live animals. But the more you practice, the better you get at capturing an impression that resonates.

Squirrel glider sketches made during Gecko’s Wildlife presentation.

One way to practice is to make 5, 10 and 15 second sketches of things that don’t move, like a leaf or a fruit. This is one of the exercises we’re bound to do during a nature journaling workshop!

And thank you so much for all of the wonderful comments regarding the new Wild.Life greeting cards. They are selling fast, but I still have plenty in stock. So if you’re in need of a quirky and unique greeting card featuring Australian nature, order yours here. And don’t forget that delivery is free across Australia.