who notices things in nature

and can write

or draw,

can make a contribution

that will be useful

to human knowledge

of the natural world.


See also:

Aleta Karstad's
hand lettered
nature journals


c/o Bishops Mills Natural History Centre
30 Main St., Bishops Mills
Oxford Station, Ont. K0G 1T0


Click below
to securely order

questions? karstad@pinicola.ca

is a system of equipment, pages, and instruction
intended for the use and training of record-keeping naturalists

of all ages and levels of experience.

It is derived from the system of field note-keeping
established by Joseph Grinnell,
and based on our experience in describing
a wide range of natural phenomena since 1969.

[theNatureJournal binder]

theNatureJournal for the ARCHIVAL NATURALIST

Bishops Mills Natural History Centre


Little Ray's Reptile Zoo


the Grinnell system's "Classic" half-page size looseleaf nature journal

The importance of Journalling

So many aspects of natural history are ignored, that "everyplace" is effectively unknown. Environmental change makes everything different than it was before, and requires re-exploration of every territory. As we learn more, more detail and complexity unfolds to us. Henry David Thoreau 'travelled a good deal in Concord,' providing an unparalleled public record of the species he recognized and their relationships in natural communities, and making major advances in theoretical ecology simply by constantly re-exploring his ancestral ground.

Anyone can do for their home range what Thoreau did for Concord: notice, record, monitor, analyse, and publicize natural phenomena. Every one who goes out as a serious observer, with a field notebook or journal, is adding to our understanding of nature.

It has happened before, and it should happen more and more often in the future,
that notes carefully taken by an amateur observer have helped to save a habitat, a population,
or a species!

What does theNatureJournal contain?

NEW! Have you seen the KIDS kit?