Nature Writing and Journaling Workshops

Upcoming Workshops
Spring Nature Journaling ~ Birds, April 29, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Viles Arboretum, Augusta 
Summer Nature Journaling ~ Wildflowers, June 17, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Hidden Valley Nature Center, Jefferson 
Summer Nature Journaling ~ Bugs and Blooms, July 22, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Viles Arboretum, Augusta 
Fall Nature Journaling ~ Event Mappping, October 14, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Viles Arboretum, Augusta 
Winter Nature Journaling ~ Trees, January 20, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Viles Arboretum, Augusta 

Past Workshops
Nature Journaling Section, Maine's Natural World (September 12)
UMA Senior College, September 12 - November 7, 2016, 10:15 - 12:15 am  
Nature Journaling Section, MMNP Farmington (May 5)
Maine Master Naturalist Program, May 5 - Sept. 15, 2016
The Spring Nature Journal - Birds! ~ April 9, 2016, 10 am - 3 pm
Hidden Valley Nature Center, Jefferson 
Nature Journaling Section, Maine's Natural World (March 14)
UMA Senior College, March 14 - May 9, 2016, 10:15 - 12:15 am 
Nature Writing ~ January 19 - February 23, 2016, 6-8 pm
Viles Arboretum, Augusta 
Family Nature Journaling ~ January 10, 2016, 2-4 p.m.
Harlow Art Gallery, Hallowell 
The Winter Nature Journal - Trees! ~ December 6, 2015, 10-3 p.m.
Hidden Valley Nature Center, Jefferson  
Nature Writing ~ November 15, 2015
Hidden Valley Nature Center, Jefferson  
Family Nature Journaling ~ November 8, 2015
Pettengill Farm, Freeport


"[S]uch a great workshop. I feel inspired and much less intimidated about bird journaling and I also think the tips [Andrea] taught will help my bird observations in general."

"[Andrea] gave us all a new perspective on observation and the real purpose of journaling. I loved the whole notion of using drawing to develop and enhance my relationship with what I observe...not to create a work of art."

"I think [Andrea's] curriculum hits the spot. Multi-layered, progressive. Do it again the same way!"

"Andrea did a great job. The class was more formal than I expected, and in a good way."

"I really loved this course. It pushed me a bit more than the typical adult ed-type courses, and I liked that. I liked that each class was organized and focused on specific topics."

"Well-organized and complete, but sorry for it to end."

 Schedule a Workshop

I offer nature writing and nature journaling classes in central and midcoast Maine.

Nature Writing

Students in this class will:
  • learn the elements of good nature writing
  • explore outdoors and pay close attention to nature
  • practice close observation and description
  • play with figurative language, rhythm, and sound devices
  • read exemplary works of nature writing
  • work with elements of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction
  • write from prompts that inspire original thinking
  • practice the art of wandering and wondering
  • learn how to research answers to natural history questions
  • share and discuss in a safe and supportive environment

Nature Journaling

Students in this class will:
  • examine different styles of nature journals
  • spend time in nature using the senses, paying close attention, writing, and drawing
  • write from prompts that encourage close observation and deep introspection
  • practice drawing techniques that will help them truly see natural objects
  • learn to use journaling as a way of developing a relationship with the natural world
  • record thoughts and emotions and see themselves as part of nature
  • journal for both data collection and creative expression
Both classes are geared toward small groups of adults, but can be modified for children or mixed age groups, targeted for specific audiences such as women, mothers, teens, hikers, etc., and focused on specific topics such as winter, vernal pools, climate change, seasons, trees, poetry, etc. Beginner and seasoned writers and journalers are welcome to join either class.

Andrea Lani has been an avid nature journaler for more than twenty years. She has a BA in Human Ecology, an MFA in Creative Writing, and is a Maine Master Naturalist. Her essays about the natural world have appeared or are forthcoming in Orion, About Place Journal, Kindred, Northern Woodlands Magazine, and Snowy Egret, among others, and her essay "Nature Journaling as Meditation" appeared in the Winter 2010 issue of Rhythm of the Home. She wrote and illustrated the book Deer Tracks and Dragonflies: A Year at Viles Arboretum based on years of recording her explorations of the arboretum in nature journals.

If your organization would like to schedule a nature writing or nature journaling class, please use the contact form on the right to get in touch with me, and we can discuss rates and schedule a session that suits your needs.


  1. That's so cool, Andrea! I'm sure these workshops will be awesome!


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