nARTure Tuesday: Nature Journal & Bursting Buds

It’s ๐—ป๐—”๐—ฅ๐—ง๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ง๐˜‚๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐˜† with Josephine Sculpture Park! While our in-person programming is temporarily suspended, every Tuesday by noon, JSP Program Director Jeri K. Howell will feature a simple nature-based art or nature connection activity that you can do with supplies likely already at home or in a nearby outdoor area.
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This week, make your own nature journal and explore budding trees! (This activity is adapted from Project Learning Tree.)

๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฝ ๐Ÿญ: Make your nature journal. Cut a piece of cardboard that is just larger than your journal pages, gather your journal pages (we cut scrap paper in 1/2 for ours), staple them to the cardboard along the top, and decorate your cover!


๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฝ ๐Ÿฎ: Find a tree that’s budding and has low-hanging twigs. Examine the twig up close and “read” it using our photo diagram.


๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฝ ๐Ÿฏ: Sketch the twig, drawing as much detail as you can. Gently break off 1 bud and use your nail to cut it in half. What do you see? What does it smell like? Sketch & note it! Be sure to write today’s date somewhere for reference!


๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฝ ๐Ÿฐ: Reflect on your observations and experience. To jumpstart your journaling, you can make a list of “I wonder…” or write an acrostic poem!


๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฝ ๐Ÿฑ: Next week, return to your twig, observe how it has changed, and repeat! Feel free to share your photos and observations with JSP every step of the way. Enjoy!
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