Baldwin teaches nature journaling in BTG Lake Walk

An example of a nature journal with a section for recording different species observed. Photo by Greg Funka.

Beverly Hazen | Staff Writer

The Lake Walk this week, “Nature Journaling and MUCH More,” features Mark Baldwin, director of education at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History in Jamestown. Participants should come prepared to explore, write, sketch and share what they record.

Participants should bring their own blank journals and one or a few pencils. It is imperative, Baldwin said, that the pages have no lines.

“This way, there is complete flexibility to have the sheet horizontal, vertical, to sketch or write. Participants don’t need anything fancy,” he said. “Keep it simple.”

He will show what kind of information is good to record, using words and pictures in a journal.

“I will have my own journal and will demonstrate two techniques for making high-quality, firsthand operations of nature journaling and recording what is perceived,” he said.

The walk is an abbreviated version of what could be much more extensive, Baldwin said. He said his two techniques could be applied for improving one’s nature journaling abilities.

The observation walk will be to either the lakeside or the Ravine. Baldwin will offer the techniques, demonstrate, and then participants will try to put them into practice during the walk. Last, they will get together and discuss their nature operations. He said that usually reveals how different people observe different aspects of the natural environment.

Attendees should meet at 6:30 p.m. tonight under the covered porch at the Heinz Fitness Center — below the YAC — on South Lake Drive at the corner of South Avenue. The Bird, Tree & Garden Club sponsors this week’s Lake Walk in cooperation with the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy. Baldwin is pleased to be at Chautauqua on behalf of the BTG and Watershed Conservancy.

“They are two terrific organizations, and I appreciate any opportunity to be involved with them,” he said.

A portable sound system is used so people can hear the speaker outdoors.