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Welcome to New Zealand: A Nature Journal is a bright and colorful introduction to documenting the natural world.

Author and illustrator Sandra Morris filled this 48-page book with many inspiring ideas. It is a great resource to use this week during
National Environmental Education Week (EE Week), not to mention that fast-approaching summer vacation!

Included in the colorful pages of her book are ideas not usually found in journaling books.

These ideas include:

  • How to create a seasonal color wheel.
  • How to create a garden food chain.
  • How to sketch a forest ecosystem.
  • How to create a habitat study.
  • How to create a layered map of shore birds.
  • How to create a moon log.
  • How to track cloud formations during the day.
  • How to create a zoo trail map.

An idea I especially like is Morris’ approach to comparing two species of swamp birds. This smart idea will appeal to someone who is learning about birds and who is just now beginning a practice of sketching birds.

Selected pages of this book are viewable online.

Welcome to New Zealand can be purchased from your local bookseller through IndieBound. Better yet, stop by your local bookstore this weekend and help them celebrate Independent Bookstore Day, an annual event occurring on the fourth Saturday of April (learn more).

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ArtPlantae is an educational blog written for artists, naturalists, and educators pursuing interests in botany, botanical art, and environmental education. Celebrate Earth Day and National Environmental Education Week with ArtPlantae at the following locations:

    Be a Botanist-Explorer
    Sunnylands Center and Gardens
    Rancho Mirage, CA

    Follow in the footsteps of botanist-explorers and learn how to observe and document plants while sketching in the gardens at Sunnylands. Participants will be introduced to the history of botanical illustration and the fascinating world of plants. Participants are invited to bring their own sketchbooks. Sketchbooks should not be larger than 9” x 12”. Alternatively, a clipboard with printer paper works wonderfully too. A folding stool or camping stool to use in the garden is suggested, but not necessary. Pencils will be provided.
    Fee: $10 per participant. Space is limited.

    Saturday, April 8, 2017
    9:30 – 11:30 am
    Register Online

    Desert Institute
    Joshua Tree National Park Association

    Old School House Lectures
    Twentynine Palms, CA

    Learn about Henry R. Mockel, an East Coast artist and former resident of Twentynine Palms who recorded desert life in his sketchbook and who is known for his illustrations of desert wildflowers. The Old School House Museum is located at 6760 National Park Drive, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277. (Map & Directions)

    Friday, April 14, 2017
    Lectures begin at 7:00 pm
    Fee: $5 at the door

    Earth Night in the Garden

    Western Municipal Water District Demonstration Garden
    Landscapes Southern California Style
    Riverside, CA

    Celebrate Earth Day 2017 at this wildly successful family event hosted by the Western Municipal Water District (WMWD). Environmental education organizations and environment-friendly businesses will each host an activity. There will also be photo opportunities with Drippy the Water Drop, Pam the Lady Bug, Ribbit the Frog, Mother Nature, and Mr. Bumble Bee. The WMWD garden is located at 450 E.Alessandro Blvd, Riverside, CA.

    Thursday, April 20, 2017
    3:00 – 7:00 pm

    Family Day at Sunnylands

    Sunnylands Center and Gardens
    Rancho Mirage, CA

    Kick-off National Environmental Education Week with ArtPlantae at Sunnylands. This annual Family Day event is dedicated to the wonders of nature and science. There will be exploration stations about birds, insects, monarch butterflies and other animals. ArtPlantae will host two botanical art stations — one for children and one for adults. See you there!

    Sunday, April 23, 2017
    9:30 am – 2:00 pm

    Henry Mockel’s Desert Wildflowers

    Fullerton Arboretum
    Fullerton, CA
    Finish National Environmental Education Week by learning about Henry R. Mockel, an East coast artist known for his paintings of California desert plants. In 1917 he published “Mockel’s Desert Wildflower Notebook,” a book featuring descriptions and illustrations of 133 desert plants. Learn more about Henry and begin your own wildflower notebook while sketching in the Arboretum’s Desert Collection. Participants should bring a mixed media sketchbook no larger than 9” x 12”. Class fee includes selected art supplies. Fee: $60 non-members, $50 members

    Saturday, April 29, 2017
    1:00 – 4:00 pm
    Register Online

This information has also been posted to Classes Near You > Southern California.

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National Environmental Education Week begins today!

Educators are encouraged to visit the EE Week website and to take advantage of the resources available for their classrooms and programs.

This week we’ll highlight resources for artists, naturalists and educators. Some will come from the depths of ArtPlantae’s archives and others will be new resources to consider. Take, for example, the new book by paper engineer and book artist Shawn Sheehy.

Last month Shawn published his first trade book, Welcome to the Neighborwood. This book is about animals and ecosystems found in many locations across the country. Children and adults will learn about land snails, hummingbirds, garden spiders, honeybees, Potter wasps, beavers and stickleback fish in the kind of grand pop-up style only Shawn can deliver.

Begin EE Week by taking a few moments to look inside Shawn’s new book and learn how Shawn created his book by watching the videos on his website.

Then take a trip to your local bookstore and treat yourself or your favorite young naturalist to Welcome to the Neighborwood!

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Teachers! Register for EE Week. Click image for more information.

Teachers! Register for EE Week. Click image for more information.

ArtPlantae is proud to be one of many national partners celebrating National Environmental Education Week (EE Week). This year the EE Week theme is Greening STEM: Surrounded by Science.

In the past, special guests have stopped by to visit with us during EE Week. Together we’ve learned about water, Nature’s sounds, the blue of the artist’s ocean, and many other topics.

This year ArtPlantae will lead EE Week-related activities at venues in Riverside and Orange counties. On Earth Day itself, you’ll find ArtPlantae at Earth Night in the Garden, a popular family event held in the Mission Grove area of Riverside. Upcoming events include:

    Muir & Mockel: Drawing California Plants

    La Quinta Museum
    La Quinta, CA
    April 17, 2015
    3-4 PM
    John Muir was not the only naturalist to document the flora of California. An equally passionate east coast artist documented desert wildflowers of the Coachella Valley. You are invited to learn more about this long time resident of Twentynine Palms. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition, “Nature’s Beloved Son: Rediscovering John Muir’s Botanical Legacy”
    (March 29 – May 31, 2015). FREE

    Take a Break from Technology

    Discovery Session at Green Scene
    Sunday, April 19, 2015
    1:00 – 1:45 PM
    Capture images of your favorite plants without a camera. Turn off your electronic devices and explore the plant collections at the Fullerton Arboretum with a No. 2 pencil. Free with admission to Green Scene.
    What is Green Scene?

    Earth Night in the Garden

    Western Municipal Water District
    Landscapes Southern California Style
    450 E. Alessandro Blvd.
    Riverside, CA
    April 22, 2015
    3-7 PM
    Learn about “Plants, Life, Riverside”, an interpretive project about plants in urban settings. FREE
    More about Landscapes Southern California Style

    A Visitor’s Guide to the Palm Garden

    Fullerton Arboretum at CSU Fullerton
    Thursday, May 21, 2015 (10 am – 1 pm)
    Learn about the Arboretum’s plant collections and begin an illustrated guide to the Arboretum. No art experience necessary. Garden enthusiasts, first-time botanists and first-time artists welcome! Participants should bring to class one mixed-media sketchbook (9” x 12”) to use as their personalized guide to plants. Participants should also bring with them a small folding camping stool (or artist’s chair) to use out in the garden. Art supplies provided.
    $28 members, $35 non-members
    Limit: 12

    Pollination Ecology for Young Naturalists

    Fullerton Arboretum at CSU Fullerton
    Saturday, May 23, 2015 (10 am – 12 pm)
    Young ecologists (ages 12+) will learn about plant-pollinator relationships and learn how to record observations like field artists. Participants will receive a field journal to record their observations.
    $25 members, $20 non-members
    Limit: 15

    Pollination Ecology for Young Naturalists

    Thursday, May 28 (10:30 am – 12:00 pm)
    This class is for young ecologists (ages 3-5) and one parent/guardian. Young ecologists will learn about plant-pollinator relationships and will receive one copy of the coloring book Colorful Edibles. Fee covers one child/adult pair.
    $22 members, $18 non-members

    Pollination Ecology for Young Naturalists

    Fullerton Arboretum at CSU Fullerton
    Saturday, May 30, 2015 (10 am – 12 pm)
    Young ecologists (ages 12+) will learn about plant-pollinator relationships and learn how to record observations like field artists. Participants will receive a field journal to record their observations.
    $25 members, $20 non-members
    Limit: 15

Register for EE Week

Educators are encouraged to register for National Environmental Education Week. The benefits of registering include toolkits, free webinars and networking with other educators across the country. Learn More


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Welcome to EE Week 2011!

National Environmental Education Week (EE Week) is organized by the National Environmental Education Foundation to connect K-12 teachers and their students to environmental resources informing the public about environmental issues affecting all of us. ArtPlantae is proud to once again serve as a national partner for EE Week.

This year’s theme inspires us to discover our oceans and to become more aware of the many ways we are connected to them, even though we may live miles and miles away. This year, like last year, I have had the opportunity to work with enthusiastic individuals committed to helping ArtPlantae show connections between plants, art, and the theme for EE Week. Please join me in welcoming each contributor as they are introduced.

We will discuss several interesting topics this week and learn a lot.

Let’s begin!

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A quick reminder that EE Week begins on Sunday and, like last year, I will post to this site everyday during EE Week. This means I will post daily through Saturday April 16, 2011.

This year’s EE Week theme is Ocean Connections. The generous and enthusiastic contributors to EE Week 2011 have made it possible to link plants, art, and the ocean in support of this year’s theme. I hope you enjoy learning from them as much as I have.

You are invited to participate in a live conversation with author Glynis Ridley on the Facebook page on April 16th. Glynis will discuss her new book, The Discovery of Jeanne Baret: A Story of Science, the High Seas, and the First Woman to Circumnavigate the Globe. The story of Jeanne Baret is fascinating and Glynis conducted several layers of research to piece together Baret’s story. You don’t want to miss this conversation. Mark your calendar and please join us on the Discussion page at 11 am (PST) / 2 pm (EST) on April 16.

If you’re in southern California, consider kicking off EE Week with ArtPlantae at the Spring Fair & Art Festival at Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary this weekend, April 9-10 (9 AM – 4 PM, daily). There will be live music, art & craft demonstrations, guided nature hikes, and more. Tucker Wildlife is operated by the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at California State University, Fullerton.

Can’t kick-off EE Week with a Spring festival? Then consider ending EE Week at the 25th Annual Avocado Festival in downtown Fallbrook in north San Diego County. ArtPlantae will on the Avenue of the Arts during this one-day festival occurring on Sunday April 17 from 9 AM – 5 PM. The Avocado Festival brings in about 70,000 people each year, so come early, bring your walking shoes, and your appetite!

And don’t forget your map…

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Today is the last day of National Environmental Education Week. Celebrate EE Week through the weekend with ArtPlantae Books at the Green Scene Garden Show. We’re there today and tomorrow from 10 AM – 4 PM.

Pick up a brochure about TheMulch.com to learn more about this resource for gardeners. View and purchase complete sets of Marianne Wallace’s America’s series. Get a copy of Water: The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power, and Civilization.

Save 20% off on books and journaling supplies this weekend. This offer is only good during Green Scene. Hope to see you on the Orchard Lawn!

The Green Scene Garden Show is located at the Fullerton Arboretum on the campus of California State University, Fullerton.

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