Hosting a nature journaling club is something I have wanted to do for a long time, and now that we are settling into the High Country of North Carolina, it is time to get started. And I'd love for you to join me!
Consider this a personal invitation to come to the High Country Nature Sketchers introductory meeting. If you'd like to know more beforehand, at the end of this post is a brief FAQ. However, I'm open to suggestions! The first meeting is simply a time set aside to evaluate public interest and needs before any final decision are made.
I know most or all who are reading this may not be anywhere close to me, so I want to thank you for joining me here at Scratchmade Journal. If you are interested in learning more about nature journaling, I have a hub of articles to help get you started and am constantly adding new ones.
But if you ARE close, here are the meeting details...
NOTICE: DUE TO THE POSSIBILITY OF SNOW & ICE, THE HCNS INTRO MEETING HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED. THE NEW DATE IS BELOW. SORRY FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE!
Interested in exploring & observing the nature world around us or want to learn more?
HCNS Introductory Meeting
Monday, March 27th
Appalachian Regional Library
140 Queen St
Please contact me with any questions, for more information, or to RSVP.
More information on HCNS
So what’s this group going to be about?
High Country Nature Sketchers will be based on the structure of the west coast group that is hosted by John Muir Laws. (You can see our group listed on his website here.) The goal is for HCNS to be a community of artists and naturalists of all ages and levels who meet together to connect to nature through observation, exploration, sketching & journaling.
And as I've always said... No artistic skills are required, just a willingness to learn & have fun!
How often will the group meet?
Plan to meet once a month for a few hours, possibly the second Saturday of each month. Throughout the year, additional gatherings may also be planned to take advantage of various sketching and learning opportunities.
Where will meetings take place?
We will meet in and around the Watauga county area in various locations. If at all possible, plan to meet outdoors.
Will it cost anything?
Currently, I've set a $12 per person yearly membership fee to help cover a small portion of costs. For families, membership fees are $10 per person with a maximum of $25 per year.
What ages can participate?
HCNS is targeted toward adults. However, this group is committed to a family-friendly, welcoming atmosphere. Mature children who have demonstrated an interest in sketching, can handle outdoor conditions, and can work quietly and independently will gain the most from the club and will ensure that their contribution enhances the experience for everyone.
If you have children who aren’t quite ready for independent study, I’m open to helping with a class or journaling group more appropriate for their ages, so please reach out to me regarding this endeavor. Parents who participate in this group are welcome to implement the ideas learned within their own families.
What will I need to bring?
Unless you want to bring a sketchbook or two to share (and please do!), you won't need anything for the introductory meeting, and we'll talk more about supplies then. Some suggestions are available here, but very little is needed. (You can see an example of a minimalist sketching kit at the link.) Coming to meets is a great way to learn about new tools and techniques!
I know I'm in! What now?
That's great, so welcome! I'm thrilled you want to be a part of this. We'll have a sign-up sheet at the first meeting, and you can pay the yearly dues then. If you can't make the meeting but want to go ahead and sign up, I have a form here.
At any time, if you have an idea for a meeting or outing or a way to make this group better, please share! If you are interested in being a group leader or willing to help with administration duties, please let me know. Additional donations and contributions exceeding the yearly membership fee are also welcome.