The Nature Explorer’s Sketchbook

The Nature Explorer’s Sketchbook helps kids look more closely at nature and capture what they discover with pencil, pen, and paint. The book inspires exploration, creativity and observation with beautiful sketchbook illustrations, ideas and tips, and plenty of space for kids to draw.

Coming November 1, 2020!

Tumblehome Books



A perfect tool for environmental education programs, STEAM programs, or to give as a gift to young artists and nature lovers. Who will you inspire?

Target audience: Youth ages 10+.
Number of pages: 80 
Dimensions: 7″x10″
Soft cover, with heavy paper suited for sketching with mixed media

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What people are saying….

  • “Jean Mackay is one of the freshest, most observant nature journalers I know. Jean shows you how you too can capture beautiful images of nature, spend quality time in the field, and learn to be an integral part of the place your feet are planted.”
    Cathy Johnson, Author of The Sierra Club Guide to Sketching in Nature and Artist Journal Workshop

  • “A wonderful tool for beginning journals. The prompts and examples will inspire you to use your journal pages in new and creative ways that will bring you closer to nature.”
    John Muir Laws, Author of The Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling

  • “Brimming with charming illustrations and a multitude of insightful nature exploration activities that will delight not only the young adventurers for whom the book is designed, but also adults who have wanted to try nature journaling. This is your new favorite book to keep at home and take on vacation!”
    Susan Snyder, artist and teacher-naturalist at Ogden Nature Center, Ogden, UT

  • This beautiful sketchbook is a provocative invitation to take up the art of nature journaling. I taught teachers for 20 years and I would have loved to have had this book as an introduction to my Nature Journal course. You are never too young or too old to begin to learn, through art, the intricacies of our beautiful Earth. It is all at our fingertips waiting to be discovered. This sketchbook will launch you.
    Coleen O’Connell, Lesley University Faculty (retired) and Trustee of the Center for Ecological Teaching and Learning, ME