Community Programs

Connecting with Nature: Nature Journaling Programs

Who: Anyone 15 years and Older   
Where: Wilbur D. May Arboretum & Botanical Garden, Arboretum South Entrance (By the N Sierra Street Park Entrance)
When: TBD
Cost: Free!
Contact: Rachel Dunn at Rdunn@washoecounty.gov or 775-785-4153

Join our educator for guided outdoor explorations to learn more about the natural world, get better at drawing, and/or just spend time outside with your family. 

What is nature journaling?
Nature journaling is an activity for all ages where one spends time sketching & writing about the things that they experience outdoors. This activity does NOT depend on artistic skill, and instead is a pursuit of observation rather than of drawing mastery. Nature journaling is a valuable educational tool for children and adults alike to ask more questions about nature, and in turn develop a mindset more comfortable with scientific  inquiry. Getting better at drawing is just a natural side effect of drawing a lot!

Connecting with Nature sessions will be 1-1.5 hours long and generally include a short hike, a guided activity, and free journalling time. Drawing supplies (pencils, colored pencils, and erasers) are provided. Feel free to bring additional supplies as you please. You must supply your own journal. Don't worry if you don't think you're good at drawing -- it's not about making pretty pictures, it's about observation! 

Weekend Nature Walks

Who: Anyone!  
Where: Wilbur D. May Arboretum & Botanical Garden, Arboretum West Entrance (next to May Museum)
When: Check back for upcoming 2021 dates
Cost: Free!
Contact: Rachel Dunn at RDunn@washoecounty.gov or 775-785-4153

Join us every Saturday for a family friendly walk as we explore the plants and wildlife of the May Arboretum. Contact the Arboretum Educator for more information.