Join us June 10 from 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. for a Nature Journaling Workshop!

Bring your sketchbook and favorite drawing and painting tools! Author and artist Robin Lee Carlson will lead a nature journaling expedition along the shore near The Whale Museum, documenting the richness of this compelling landscape and all of the species that make it home. Robin will start with an introduction to keeping a nature journal and how she uses her journal to closely observe the world around her and understand all of its seasons and changes. There will be plenty of time for exploring and journaling on your own, watching as Robin provides journaling demonstrations, and sharing and discussing our work at the end.

We will have some sample supplies from Art Toolkit on hand that participants can borrow and test during the workshop. Participants will meet at 3 p.m. inside The Whale Museum.

After the workshop, there will be an optional evening talk at 7 p.m. by Robin: Ecoreportage and Long Term Science Art Projects.

Ecoreportage is the practice of knowing a place deeply and following its changes over time. In this presentation, Robin will talk about her experiences building stories from sketchbook pages to finished products, including a book, essays, large artworks, and posters. She will share examples from her work, especially her journeys studying stream ecology and exploring the legacy of wildfire. Through all, she will show how her work helps her grapple with climate change and celebrate the living world around her with reverence and awe. The talk will begin at 7 p.m. and will be free and open to the public. Workshop participants are not required to attend. Registration is for the workshop only, registration is not required to attend the evening talk.

About the artist: Robin Lee Carlson is an author and natural science illustrator, building careful observations of the natural world into deeper commentary on ecology and climate change. Her work centers on field sketching ecoreportage, living documentation of the ever-accelerating transformation of ecosystems by human activity. Her first book, The Cold Canyon Fire Journals, was published in 2022 by Heyday and her work has also appeared in The Common, the literary journal of Amherst College, and in Arnoldia, the magazine of the Harvard University Arboretum. She teaches workshops that combine drawing, painting, and natural history to a broad audience online and up and down the Pacific Coast.

Robin has been exploring Orcas Island every June for the past eight years, and her artwork was featured in Ode: Orcas Island (St. Ode Press, 2019).

Instagram: @anthropocenesketchbook

For more information, contact: Tracie Merrill at

Refund Policy: Tuition is fully refundable up until 2 weeks from the start date of your course. Within 2 weeks, we can only provide a full refund if your space in the program is filled. If not, a 50% refund can be issued. Your refund will be processed on or after the first day of class. The Whale Museum reserves the right to cancel any program at any time. In the event of a cancellation, you will be issued a full refund.

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