NatureArt Lab

Field (Bli Bli): NATURE JOURNALING IN THE WETLANDS (Introductory): 31 July 2022

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Begin your nature journaling adventure with an creative introduction to the extraordinary Maroochy Wetland Sanctuary habitat !

The Maroochy Wetland Sanctuary is a very special nature reserve, brimming with wildlife, fascinating vegetation, and song-birds. From the 1km-long boardwalk, we can observe closely without leaving a trace in this delicate landscape.

About this Course

This course provides an introductory session to Nature Journaling and explores the important benefits of looking more closely at the natural world around us by using drawing and observation techniques to record what we see. 

This is the first of two complimentary and stand-alone workshops at this venue - you can book into one or both!

Learning Outcomes:

• Learn about the main mangrove tree species of this wetlands habitat and look closely at their growth, leaves, seeds and roots.
• Topics include exploring the media and tools of Nature Journaling and an introduction to some key techniques that will help you start nature drawing and journaling.
• By the end of the course, students will have experienced a creative introduction to the Maroochy Wetland habitat, met a few of the common and surprising species that can be found there, and have started their journey of nature journaling with a few of their habitat ‘finds’. 

Date:   31 July 2022
Day/Time: Sunday 9:30am-12:30pm
Venue: Maroochy Wetland Sanctuary, Sports Rd, Bli Bli QLD

About the Venue:

The Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary is located at Bli Bli, around 1.5hrs north of Brisbane. The area is rich in biodiversity and contains dry eucalypt forests, rainforest, melaleuca forest, casuarina woodland, salt marsh and mangroves. It is interesting to note that one of south east Queensland’s largest stands of Mangrove Fern, Acrostichum speciosum, grows amongst the melaleucas. There are also 200 species of birds, as well as crabs, butterflies, reptiles, fish and other wildlife species that frequent the wetlands.

On your visit please remember that all plants and animals are protected and cannot be removed from the wetlands sanctuary.

In case of heavy rain, we have exclusive-use of a meeting room on site.  

Students are requested to bring their own morning tea and drinks.

A materials list will be provided prior to the start of the first class.

About the Tutor:

Petra Meer travels everywhere with a creative journal, while riding an adventure bike along the Oodnadatta Track to the Red Centre, sailing up the Eastern Seaboard on a yacht or on countless bush walks into wild places. She also carries a journal for daily life; to travel well through the transitions of living in a busy world. Journaling for Petra is a part of a lively and creative practice; of which nature journaling is an integral part.

Petra has degrees in Art and Design and also a Masters of Counselling. She works as an artist, illustrator, maker, wellbeing facilitator, community arts worker and counsellor. She has exhibited to a national level and her natural history illustration has been commissioned by Parks and Wildlife Services and local councils to illustrate endangered species and to bring awareness to fragile ecosystems. Petra has also recently launched a detailed habitat focused colouring book for Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve.

She believes that making art in nature with meaning and purpose can be accessible to anyone. It can offer us new insights and opportunities for growth, and bring with it an increased sense of joy, relaxation and awe.

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Illustration: Mangrove Species by Petra Meer