In January of this year I shared with you the family nature journal I created for our family. There was a lot of interest in that journal, and a few weeks after I posted about it, I made a copy available free to you, my wonderful readers and friends. I know many of you printed it off, I do hope you enjoyed using it, and keeping track of the nature around you.
Our family nature journal has been filled with our nature adventures from throughout the year, and looking back through it for this post made me smile, a deep satisfying smile. Tucked inside the pages of our journal is a recap of our year in nature, together. Our bird list is long, filled with the birds we have seen and heard. We have recorded our harvesting spots for wild edibles, ensuring we find those spots again next year. When we find or see interesting things we make sure to jot it down when we get home. Sometimes we simply make a short note about a hike we took and the simple things we enjoyed on that hike. It feels pretty magical to read through it, remembering the hikes, and adventures we have had this year.
We don't often take this journal with us into the woods. Truth be told, we don't do a lot of journaling when we are out there. I have tried with Reece, but honestly, he just wants to explore, touch things, climb trees, follow tracks, and when we are by the water, toss rocks. I am okay with this, it is what he should be doing at this age, there will be plenty of time for us to sit under trees, drawing and making notes about the beauty around us. For now, it is enough to have a little record of our adventures, notes about the animals we have seen, and the tracks we have found, places we want to go back to, and the little things we enjoy about each spot.
Since we are approaching the end of this year, I thought it a perfect time to update the journal, print off a copy for my family, and again make it available to you. You can find the journal here, or just click the button in the sidebar and you will be taken right to it. A little gift from my nature loving family to yours. I hope you enjoy it as much as we have.
***A note about printing the journal:
The journal is created to be printed on both the front and back of the paper, so it does take a little bit of time to print it, but it is totally worth it. I printed ours on a heavy card stock so it is sturdy and durable if we decide to bring it along on a hike or camping. Once it was printed, I punched holes in the pages and then added it to a basic binder.
Have fun and enjoy!