Next Meeting!!!

August 21st Saturday!!! 

7:00 -10:00 am Circle B Bar Reserve

4399 Winter Lake Rd,

Lakeland, FL 33803

Meet in last parking lot near the Visitors Center. IT IS SUMMER IN FLORIDA AND IT IS HOT! With that I am trying to find places that have not only an interesting natural area but also an indoor area. We will look at the wetland ecosystem  2 hours. Then we will go in to the visitors center to sketch and continue the conversation about the wetland function. Bring water and snacks.


For anyone new, will be a short example of setting up your journal page and meta data.  We will then look at the structural differences of mangroves and ask questions about why. Then we will sketch  and then we can show our journals to each other (if you want) and discuss techniques. 

Not an artist? Not a problem. Please read below!!!

Guild of Natural Science Illustrators Florida Group

I have recently become the administrator for the Florida GNSI. I am very excited about this opportunity to bring journalers who are interested into the world of Natural History Illustration and vice versa. Check out the Florida Group page at:  

Or for more information about the Guild nationally check out: 



In case you are really interested in science illustration and science communication the GNSI is holding their Science Communication Conference online. If you are interested in what the guild is all about and the conference check it out here:

Do you love being outdoors? Do you love drawing or wish you drew more? Do you feel like you want to do more outdoors but are hesitant to go by yourself? I love art, adventure, and the outdoors. I want to combine all of my passions into one and take people with me! Nature journaling with me on a hike or kayak gives you the best of  both worlds. Journaling allows you to look, really look, at what is around you and transfer it to your page. With my guidance I can help you learn about the natural world around you.


But wait! I am not an artist! I am not a scientist! Believe it or not, you are. Journaling is about the observation not the art. If you can draw simple shapes, that is a great place to start. With practice I bet you will surprise yourself. As far as the science part, science is about observing and asking questions. All you need is a journal and a pencil and you are ready to go!


So you want to come to an event? Great! We will meet in the parking area of that months designated preserve or nature park and talk about what we might see, where we may want to hike to. Most hikes will be less than 2 miles unless the group really wants to go further. We will stop to journal at least once but probably more often if we find something interesting....and there is always something interesting to sketch. We write about what we see, we ask questions, we have a creative time in nature.

I will make sure to let everyone know via Facebook or this webpage if there will be wet/cold/hot/buggy/etc.conditions and any other things they should prepare for.

These events are open to all ages! Meaning if you have kids please bring them. I believe it is so very important to get more children back out into nature! If we have smaller children we may cut the hiking down to a more manageable distance for little legs. Also kids are the BEST at finding interesting things on the trial.

Still hesitant?  Feel free to email me at

I want this to be fun and accessible to all who want to participate.

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