The Grinnell Scientific Nature Journal (PRINT)


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The Grinnell Scientific Nature Journal For Citizen Scientists, Students, and Nature Journal Keepers 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 Berkeley Museum of Vertebrate Zoology.

Grinnell create the system so researchers could easily find and use valuable information after collecting it. Even with the use of computers, this method organizes handwritten and scribbled field notes. In use for a hundred years, the Grinnell Method has proven its’ excellence with thousands of researchers.


Learn How

  • to create scientifically useful notes
  • organize research information to easily find it later
  • to participate in citizen science
  • use animal and plant ethograms
  • record phenology
  • create a seasonal round
Field books - keeping a nature journal
field notebooks using the Grinnell Scientific Nature Journal format

The Four Components

The Grinnell Scientific Nature Journal 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.

Overview and explanation of the components

5 June 2019 Donna's Nature Journal
Donna’s Nature Journal 5 June 2019 entry in the Grinnell Scientific Nature Journal format.

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