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    Nature Journaling at the Summer Solstice

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    Event description

    Date: June 22
    noon- 2:00 p.m.
    Meet at Milltown State Park Confluence Area

    If you have ever thought about starting and keeping a nature journal, this is your opportunity to start your journaling practice in the field.

    Class will begin with a short discussion about the basics of starting a nature journaling practice. Then we will take some time to explore the landscape. Each student will have an opportunity to create a first page out on the trail with guidance. Handouts will be provided about materials to use, page composition/layout, and basic nature journaling writing and drawing strategies. Be sure to dress warmly since we will be standing or sitting for periods of time. The only materials you need for this class are a chair, pad, or blanket for sitting outside, a blank journal, a pen, and pencil. You may want to bring basic art supplies (colored pencils and watercolors) for adding color. We will have a few of these items available for use during class, and will provide you with guidance on the right supplies to purchase should you decide nature journaling is for you.

    Recommended Materials

    • Journal
    • Pen
    • Pencil

    Instructor: Michele Esser is a 5-year Missoula resident and mixed media artist who completed her Master Naturalist certification in 2020. Professionally, Michele is a Technology Training Manager with an 18-year career in software training. When she is not working or making art, Michele is skiing and hiking, as well as volunteering at the MNHC or exploring a naturalist topic of interest.


    What’s the refund policy?

    The course fee is refundable if a cancellation is made up to 7 days before the event. No refunds will be issued for cancellations made after this deadline. In light of changes to programming due to novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Montana Natural History Center will make exceptions to its normal refund policy. These exceptions are as follows:

    Any programs cancelled by the Montana Natural History Center are eligible for a full refund.

    In the event a program fee can be rolled over to a following cycle or year, that offer will be made available to the paying program participant, and a spot will be reserved for the participant.

    If a program is cancelled by a participant due to reasonable health and safety concerns from exposure risk to novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Montana Natural History Center will issue a full refund.

    If any participant experiences major illness, injury, or loss of a family member prior to the start of a registered program the participant is eligible for a full refund.

    Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

    Nope! We will have a list of all the attendees.

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