This article was written (and illustrated!) by Courtney Lafleur, Senior Park Clerk at Murphys Point Provincial Park.
Time spent in nature can have a profound and lasting positive effect on our physical and mental health, and journaling has long been heralded for its own health benefits. Put them together and you’ve got nature journaling; an activity that inspires creativity, mindfulness and connectivity with nature.
In the simplest terms, nature journaling is about looking at the natural world around you and recording your thoughts and observations. You don’t need a lot to get started, just a piece of paper and something to write with.
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In today’s post, Discovery Leader Carlin Thompson from Sandbanks Provincial Park shares her top tips for nature journaling with kids.
We did it, parents! We made it through another winter.
The struggle of tackling young children into layered outerwear and the scavenger hunts for matching mittens now seem like a distant memory. What sweet relief.
But before the unbridled joy of shucking the outerwear gives way to sunscreen-application-induced carpal tunnel and the din of summer boredom, let’s capitalize on our children’s excitement to be outside.
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Today’s blog post comes from Corina Brdar. When Corina’s not working at Ontario Parks, she is actively involved in the growing nature journaling and mindfulness community.
A different way to be mindful in nature is through nature journaling. Using writing and sketching as tools can be a calming way to look more deeply and experience nature more fully.
Like our previous mindfulness exercises, this too is a judgment-free practice. You’re not creating a piece of art. You’re using a notebook to help you pay attention and truly observe.
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Today’s post comes from Learning and Education Leader Laura Myers.
Daydreaming about camping?
Here are 12 ways to make it feel like you’re camping, all from the comfort of home!
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