Writing in the Woods: A Nature Journaling Experience

Event Category

Arts & DIY

Event Overview

Discover your artistic, scientific and reflective self though the process of keeping a nature journal. Nature journaling is an outstanding way to make an intellectual and emotional connection with the physical world. Keeping a journal has been practiced by great naturalists like Charles Darwin and Rachel Carson. It has enriched the stories and poetry of powerful authors like Audre Lorde and Leslie Marmon Silko.

In this class we will explore different methods of keeping a nature journal using pencil and paper, and our favorite smartphone apps. Our guided walk in the woods will set the scene for writing from experience. Whether your goal is to track changes from season to season, draw inspiration for your storytelling, or remember the name of that flower you just saw, you will leave with new tools to practice.

This class is for adults and teenagers.

What to Bring

Bring your smartphone if you like.

Minimum age

All ages welcome

What's Provided

We will offer a selection of our favorite kinds of field journals and pencils for you to choose from.

Cancellation Policy

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Negin Almassi is a Forest Preserves of Cook County naturalist at Trailside Museum of Natural History. She is especially excited to share her passion for insects with adults and kids alike. She loves combining her artistic side with scientific curiosity. (As a singer at last March's Persian New Year parade, she couldn't resist giving a short talk on warblers and other signs of spring.) An experienced facilitator, Negin led the kickoff session of the Chi-noodim Writing Group in Chicago and has designed and taught a variety of workshops around the country. Negin earned her B.S. in biology and B.A. in French Language and Literature from Purdue University, and her M.P.A. from University of Washington in Seattle, focusing on cultural resource preservation.