Recording your bird observations in a nature journal builds your bird awareness and knowledge and deepen your connection to birds


Spark your Bird Love with Nature Journaling- Level 1

Are you curious to learn:

  • Who are the birds visit your seed feeder?
  • What bird is singing that song?
  • how to remember the details of that bird or it’s name?


Feed your love of birds, increase your bird knowledge and boost your bird skills in a friendly and welcoming environment.





What comes with this course:


Starting July 5, 2021

Mondays: July 5, 12, 26, Aug 2, 9, 16

4:00-5:15pm Pacific Daylight Time

Class tuition: $209

  • 6 weekly live online sessions (recordings will be available)
  • Private online group for the class: a safe place to share pages, ask questions between classes
  • Input from Melinda
  • Class handouts
  • Recordings of all classes

Supplies Needed: Have a sketchbook and pencils.

  • Other optional items: Colored pencils or watercolor, with water brush





Get to know the birds around you with a simple tool:

The nature journal.


You’ll learn and practice how to see more in nature, develop sharper awareness, improve your memory, spark curiosity, and improve quick sketching skills.

The focus will be HOW to see and enjoy birds, and record observations rather than about painting or drawing birds precisely.

You'll practice strategies to supercharge your capacity to learn more and retain the details more effectively.

I will introduce you to how I have learned bird songs by visually recording them (yes, drawing sounds!!), how to listen to their sounds and begin to understand them.

You’ll practice activities that awaken your senses, hone your bird awareness, develop naturalist and sketching skills, and tap into curiosity to enhance your learning.

The nature journal will be a tool to increase your capacity to discern differences for identification, record behaviors, track seasonal changes of your birds.

You’ll begin to cultivate an intuitive knowing of birds, and nurture a personal connection with these feathers friends.

Whether you’ve just sparked your interest in birds, or you are a long-time bird lover, everyone will benefit from these fun and effective strategies.

  • No experience needed. Bring your curiosity and willingness to learn!




What people are saying about Melinda:


Inspiring and motivating


“Melinda Nakagawa is the one of the most inspiring nature journaling teachers and coaches you will meet. Her workshops combine thoughtful and personalized attention, critical principles of growth mindset, skill building and a joyful love of nature.

 

If you have wanted to keep your own journal, but have been intimidated from starting or looking for a way to connect again with your own practice,

Melinda will give you the tools to take the next essential steps and a roadmap to growth beyond. “


--John “Jack” Muir Laws

Nature Journal teacher and visionary

Author of The Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling

Replenishment and gratitude


Melinda's Nature Journaling class was just what I needed to ignite a renewed gratitude for the natural world around me. It was a much-needed respite from the oversaturation of the online work I've had to do.


-Laura Founds,

Educator and community organizer

Build confidence and skills


"Even a novice will gain confidence from Melinda’s ever-cheerful and patient manner. I entered her class very nervous about drawing and journaling and came away with a new-found sense of confidence and greatly increased artistic skills. I highly recommended Melinda's class.


Bryan Taylor,

Bryan Taylor Photography

Hi I'm Melinda! Let me be your guide



I've kept a nature journal for many years. In the beginning it was mostly words-- just writing down the birds I saw on my nature walks.

Over time I incorporated new strategies and languages (writing, drawing and numerical observations) as I was introduced to them. Now, I have a whole complement of tools to use to make my nature experience richer.

It took me a while to discover my style and I have come to use my nature journal not only to learn more about the world around me, but also about myself and my connection to the natural world.

It has been a journey of discovery, healing, inner and outer growth. Nature journaling is an amazing tool to bring me joy, curiosity, wonder, and a sense of calm and centeredness in a busy, distracting world.

Let me be your guide on this journey as we delve into how you can record what you see with words, pictures and numbers to make memorable experiences. I'll introduce you to the tools, strategies and mindset to jumpstart your nature journaling practice.

Drawing is a skill, and anyone can learn to draw. It just takes a little guidance and continued practice. You can totally do this. Let's do this together!

Steller's Jays


Anne R. Student page


Baby Owls in the backyard


Jen Past Student page


Wandering Tattler


Karen W. Past studnet

Enroll me now!



$209

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6 week live interactive course

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Help a fellow student register for course

Your additional $20 will help grow the scholarship fund. Thank you!

$249

Bird Love Pay it forward 40

Help a fellow studnent register for course

Your additional $40 will help grow the scholarship fund. Thank you!

Course Topics



  • One Bird at a Time: Getting to recognize and know your backyard birds.
  • Backyard Bird Besties: Focusing on your common birds first will give you a reference to learn less common and unusual birds next!
  • How to observe: Learn about body shape, size, what to look for when identifying birds.
  • Honing our Hearing in Sound symphony Learn how to listen for songs and calls, and how to draw them to better learn and remember. ( If you can recognize human voices, you can learn bird song!)
  • Sketch moving birds: How to quickly capture (sketch) moving birds on your page!
  • Deep Dive How to do a deeper study of your bird
  • Web of whys: Cultivate awareness and curiosity