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Learn the art of Nature Journaling at the Carolyn Mason Education Day

DECATUR, Ill. — Spending time outside and connecting with nature can positively affect our well-being. Taking a break from technology and observing what is around us may relieve stress. The Carolyn Mason Education Day hosted by Glacier’s Edge Master Naturalists offers an opportunity to connect with others while learning about the prairie.

A Prairie State of Mind is the theme for this year’s Carolyn Mason Education Day, which will be from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 9, at Rock Springs Nature Center, 3939 Nearing Lane in Decatur.

Participants may attend an optional bird walk from 7 to 8 a.m. Registration and a continental breakfast will be from 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.

The educational sessions include Intro to Nature Journaling by Linda Spence, A Tour of the Homestead Prairie farm and scavenger hunt with Melody Arnold, and a hands-on activity to make a Nature Journal.

There is a $15 fee for this event. Participants may register online at or call 217-877-6042 by April 4. For more information, please contact Doug Gucker at or call 217-877-6042.

The Glacier’s Edge Master Naturalists are environmental volunteers trained by University of Illinois Extension. Master Naturalists volunteer their time and talents with community projects and educational outreach.

University of Illinois provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this event, please email Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting your access need.

SOURCE: Doug Gucker, Local Food Systems and Small Farms Educator, University of Illinois Extension

WRITER: Maria Lightner, Marketing and Communications, University of Illinois Extension

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