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Go outside; Observe carefully and draw; Share with the club and public; Reflect on what you've learned; Repeat.


"We are not to tell nature what she’s gotta be. … She's always got better imagination than we have." - Richard Feynman

This group is for all skill-levels and is about being active and interactive. Passively reading, watching, or listening about how or why you should do something will, no doubt, inform you. However, by moving, talking, writing, drawing and feeling, you and what you're trying to learn will come alive. If you feel like you blow through hikes without taking it all in, this group may be a good way to "take a hike" while also being more aware of what's around you. 

The model for this meetup is The Nature Journal Club, led by John Muir Laws in California. Anything I say here is probably better expressed on that club's page, their YouTube channel and in his book. What they do is wonderful and since a similar meetup doesn't exist in Seattle, this one is here to fill the void. He and others also put together a curriculum that will likely be the source of some activities this club does.

Although meetups will be geared toward sketching, if you do photography, audio, or any other means of recording, you are still welcome to join. The goal is to simply go outdoors, observe closely, and actively journal your thoughts in a way that can be shared.


Any interested person open to meeting new people and exploring through journaling.

Materials for sketching are personal. Anything goes. Suggestions are available at the links above. 
Although people can work independently at meets, it will likely be more fun to do similar activities. The link to the curriculum above has some ideas.

As a new club, there are no votes to be cast yet for where to go. Close and easy is a good way to start.
Transportation is individual, but please consider carpooling.

Monthly meetups with about 2 hours of sketching. Other time will be used to hike, snack, and chat. Keep an eye on sunrise/sunset times when going out into the mountains. Weather permitting.

Food & Water:
Bring food/snacks and water for yourself and try to bring one thing to share.

No shirt, no shoes, no problem!
But really, dress in layers and wear comfortable shoes. Plan for rain.

It costs $120 a year to host this meetup, so please consider donating. The suggested donation is $2 per person per meetup and can be paid through this page. Any donations in excess of this base cost will be used to help buy supplies for members in need and for promotion.

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