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Nature journaling encourages hikers to take another look

By Jesse Campbell (

Article Published: Jun. 20, 2013 | Modified: Jun. 27, 2013

Grandfather Mountain State Park’s nature journaling workshop, which will be held from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, will encourage hikers to take a closer look at the sounds and sights of the world around them.

Hikers will meet on the Profile Trail, located on N.C. 105 South near the N.C. 194 intersection in the Grandfather community.

Ranger Sue McBean said the inspiration for the hike came from a similar workshop she recently attended in Raleigh.

During the workshop, hikers will traverse the Profile Trail, while pausing to sketch and record any observations.

“We will practice observation skills in what you (the hikers) hear and see along the way,” McBean said. “This is something that I enjoy doing myself: sketching and looking at the details of nature that are often missed and overlooked.”

Hikers are encouraged to bring a personal journal, but staff members will provide supplies for the workshop, McBean said.

“Hikers will need to bring a snack and water,” she said. “They should also bring shoes they can comfortably walk in, so no flip-flops. They might also want to bring something to sit on, like a plastic bag.

The hike is weather dependent, so prospective attendees should check conditions prior arriving at the park. The hike is free of cost.

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