Want to deepen your love of the natural world, notice nature’s tiniest details and spend time surrounded by the beauty of the outdoors? Then start keeping a nature journal! Join us for a monthly journal club and make this activity a habit. Through a mix of field trips and hands on technique lessons, we will explore the Wissahickon Creek and surrounds, developing our artistic and naturalist skills and deepening our love of nature. We welcome the diverse communities of the region. The program is inter-generational and family friendly. Seniors and elders are encouraged to participate. This is a great program for families. Parents are encouraged to bring mature children who have demonstrated an interest in nature sketching. Please monitor and encourage your children so they feel supported to fully participate. The WVWA Nature Journal Club is a supportive community. Participants are expected to treat each other with respect and create a safe place for people to push their boundaries, draw, and write without criticism or fear. Please do what you can to engender this feeling in the group. I encourage all participants to share their tricks and techniques with each other. It is fun to teach and to learn from one another.
I encourage you to make journaling and participating in club events part your regular routine. If you have not drawn in a long time, it can be scary to start again. Once you do, you will discover that this new skill develops quickly. Throw yourself into it and be fearless. The most important thing is to get yourself to draw a lot. Club events and outings help but it is even better if you can get yourself to draw even more often Leave your inner critic behind and go for it. If you feel comfortable doing so, bring your latest sketches or poems to share with others. We can all learn a lot from seeing the work of other artists and naturalists. Most importantly, have fun with it- this is a joyous experience.
About the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association
The Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association (WVWA) is a non-profit that was founded in 1957. Its mission is to inspire and engage diverse communities of people to protect, steward and enjoy the land and waterways of the Wissahickon Valley. The Association has preserved and actively maintains nearly 1,300 acres of open space on 12 preserves with 24 miles of trails, monitors water quality, and provides recreational and educational opportunities for people of all ages. WVWA believes that people benefit when nature thrives.