Grinnell Scientific Nature Journal (PDF and Paperback)

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Take Your Nature Journal to the Next Level

Turn your nature journal into an useful resource by keeping good field notes using the Grinnell Scientific Method.

Who Can Benefit from Using the Grinnell Method?

  • ecologists studying the life cycles and ecological roles of plants and animals
  • citizen scientists keeping records of their observations
  • nature journal keepers preparing records of local natural history for future generations
  • students in STEAM programs and independent studies
  • teachers at the middle, high and college level

The book explains a scientific method in a clear and concise language. The method was developed by field naturalist Joseph Grinnell to standardize and organize his staff’s observations of the animals of western North America.  It is a proven method that is useful for today’s amateur naturalists and biology students. This book explains the parts of the method: field notebook, journal, species account and catalog. Illustrations of each facet of the method are included. 

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Grinnell Scientific Nature Journal, pdf, 65 pages, 8.5×11″ – $7.99

Grinnell Scientific Nature Journal, paperback, 113 pages, 6×9″ – $12.95

Why I Wrote the Book

Several years ago, I presented a “Keeping a Naturalist Field Journal” workshop at the conference of ANROSP (Alliance of Natural Resource Outreach and Service Programs). It a rainy day but a great workshop. I meet naturalists from many parts of North America.

The workshop was about using the Grinnell Method in keeping a nature journal. I used my notes and journal from 2010 when I went through the Master Naturalist Program. I reinforced to me just how valuable keeping a naturalist journal can be.

I realized a simple explanation of the Grinnell Method was needed. So, I created the book Grinnell Scientific Nature Journal available  as a downloadable pdf and in paperback. 

A Big Thank You

Thanks to all the readers who kept me going all these years by reading, commenting, and sending me notes. Wado.

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