The Grinnell Method Explained: For Scientific Research, Citizen Science, & Nature Journals

The Grinnell Method Explained: For Scientific Research, Citizen Science, & Nature Journals

The Grinnell Technique Makes Creating and Searching Your Field Notes Easy

Learn how to create well-organized, easily accessed field notes in a method respected by professional researchers in the biological and Earth sciences.

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The Grinnell Technique Explained provides easy-to-understand directions on creating detailed field notes using the method created by Joseph Grinnell, the first director of the University of California’s Berkeley Museum of Vertebrate Zoology.

In 1908, Joseph Grinnell had this to say about the method he developed,

“Our field records will be perhaps the most valuable of all our results…any and as many (as you have time to record) items are liable to be just what will provide the information wanted. You can’t tell in advance which observations will prove valuable. Do record them all!”

The Grinnell Technique Explained covers each of the four components of the method.

  1. The Pocket Notebook – is carried on all field trips, hikes, and while observing in your backyard. This is your primary note receptacle.
  2. The Journal – organizes the notes collected in the pocket notebook.
  3. The Species Account – keeps your observations of specific species or individual plants or animals easily accessible.
  4. The Catalog – tracks the objects and specimens you collect.

Why This Guide?

The aim of this guide is to provide enough direction in using the Grinnell Technique to enable the reader to create detailed field notes that will be valuable far into the future.  As a natural history writer, I find using the Grinnell Technique helps me to keep my field notes organized. I hope it is helpful for you, too.

Who is The Grinnell Technique Explained for?

  • For biology and botany researchers and students who want an easy-to-use method for organizing data AND a way to quickly access it when needed
  • For citizen scientists who want to keep observations and collected data in a manner which will be useful and valuable to professional scientists
  • For nature journal keepers who have a scientific bent and want their data and observations to be useful for local history researchers. These nature journalists have thought about donating their nature journals to local history archival collections as a record of the local environment.
  • Homeschoolers can use the Grinnell method for science projects and study.


Series: The Nature Journal Series, Book 1
Genre: Nature Journals
Tag: Recommended Guides
Publisher: Live Simply Press
Publication Year: March 2018
Format: ebook & pdf
eBook Price: 2.99
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About the Author
Donna L. Long

Donna writes informational guides on gardening, natural history, and environmental topics. She is a lifelong gardener, naturalist, and environmental educator who lives in Philadelphia, PA.

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