Join the Scarborough Land Trust and Sherrie York on Saturday, June 5, at Pleasant Hill Preserve for a Nature Journaling workshop.

Nature journaling, also known as field sketching, is a valuable tool for artists, scientists, gardeners, travelers, and anyone who wants to connect more personally with the world around them, according to a land trust press release. Even those who think they can’t draw a straight line, you can keep visual field notes. During the workshop, participants will practice several basic drawing and observation skills, including contour, memory, and gesture drawing, and put them to use with activities for filling the blank page. Non-artists are welcome and encouraged.

A self-taught printmaker and compulsive wanderer of landscapes, York finds her inspiration in the natural world, according to the release. A long-ago college field trip to draw backyard chickens was the unexpected genesis of a career that has encompassed environmental education, natural history illustration, birding, and printmaking. York lives in Maine.

Her linocuts have been presented in national and international exhibitions, including the Woodson Art Museum prestigious Birds in Art, Society of Animal Artists’ Art & the Animal, and the Museum of American Bird Art in Massachusetts. She has been an artist in residence at Acadia National Park, and the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum. York also teaches at Audubon’s Hog Island Camp and the Farnsworth Art Museum. More information can be found on her website at

Participants should bring a sketchbook at least 8 x 10”, a #2 (HB) pencil and a portable camp chair or stool. Rain and sun gear, sunscreen, water, and insect repellent recommended. Be tick aware.

Ten people are allowed per session, and must be 18 years or older for this program. Dogs are not allowed.

Each session covers the same material.

Saturday, June 5th at Pleasant Hill Preserve

Beginner Session 1 – 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Beginner Session 2 – 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Cost: $22 per person

The rain date is June 12.

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