Nature Journaling with Melanie Humble from ANERR


Date:  Saturday, November 18, 2023

Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Place: Holy Family Senior Center

            203 Dr. Frederick Humphries St.


Reservations: Limited to 15 Participants


Cost:  Offered at No Charge in Memory of Susan McClendon

Sponsors:  St. George Island Book Club & Elder Care Community Council


Melanie Humble firmly believes that connecting with nature develops curiosity and creativity. For her, “keeping a nature journal is less about painting and more about slowing down, paying attention, and experiencing awe and wonder.” In this class, participants will use watercolors and colored pencils, exploring techniques that make keeping a journal fun. The class will be outside some of the time. Nature will also be brought inside. She hopes the workshop will lead to or enhance “keeping a journal in our own Apalachicola watershed—a way of cherishing and exploring our own backyard.”


Melanie Humble is an Education Specialist with the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve (ANERR). She has enjoyed a lifelong exposure to art, with both her father and sister working in museums and her mother possessing a “tremendous aesthetic sense.” After a career as a teacher, Melanie’s desire to draw and paint emerged with strength. “My colleagues at ANERR have really encouraged me to use art as a medium to deepen my understanding and appreciation of nature.”  Besides this work, she paints portraits for the organization Represent Women and “puts in the pencil miles and laughs a lot” with a group of friends called Sketchy People.