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Grab your sketchbook, bring your curiosity, and let's hit the trail! Nature journaling is about slowing down and waking up to the natural world, taking time out of our busy schedules to look, listen, and feel; an opportunity to study where we live and to be in our world mindfully. We record observations, perceptions and feelings about the natural world through sketches, paintings and words. But it's not about being an artist or a writer or a poet. It's about being present and connected.  There are many benefits of nature journaling, including greater appreciation of nature and sense of place; increased creativity, mindful awareness and observation skills;  stress relief and relaxation; self confidence and ability to express oneself; and shared family experience.  Another bonus is that over time, we generate a visual diary of these precious moments in nature.  All skill levels and ages are encouraged. I am a novice nature journalist but can offer some suggestions for beginning a nature journal for those new to nature journaling and some book resources.  I imagine a fun and supportive community that periodically convenes in various local open spaces to motivate each other and shares ideas, techniques, and resources for additional inspiration.  In the future, we may also wish to include nature drawing exercises or writing demonstrations by skilled teachers (hopefully in our group!) to enrich the experience.  There are inherent dangers in being out doors, as in life itself; by participating in the events hosted by this Meetup, you take full responsibility for your own safety.  There is a cost to support this meetup group, but I'm not looking to make a profit.  I invite participants to voluntarily contribute on an event basis, which I hope will cover the annual cost.   

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