In my nature journal, I track seasonal changes, bird and insect migrations, plant cycles in my yard and gardens, and whatever new bits of nature reveal themselves to me each week. It is also the place where I explore my own ecological identity and ever deepening relationship with nature.
Before I started nature journaling I thought there weren’t many songbirds in my neighborhood. Now I know we have lots of songbirds, when they are most active, the meanings of some of their songs, some nesting habits, male and female differences, and when and what they like to eat. Getting to know these little creatures through nature journaling was a huge breakthrough for me. It made me realize how much there is to learn about nature in our own little backyards and it showed me how art can be one of the most powerful tools for assimilating nature experience into actual connections and deep understanding.
After 15 years of teaching Kelly was inspired to delve into the work of reconnecting children and nature. Her childhood was grounded in nature and as an adolescent she focused on environmental and social responsibility. Kelly has a BFA in photography and has created and exhibited her fine art and crafts in various settings, as well as an MA in Environmental Studies and is Montessori certified. She is a published author and just launched her first digital card set — Nature Journaling Cards. Kelly loves inspiring others. Visit Kelly’s website, then follow her on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.