Phenology Wheel

Updated! Using a Phenology Wheel for nature journaling is a wonderful visual way to record nature and seasons!  A phenology wheel is basically a visual, artistic summary of an entire year on a circular chart. Each month, sketch and paint something significant experienced in nature  on the wheel.

Here is my phenology wheel as part of my perpetual nature journal. open here at January Week 2.  The center circle of the wheel is for a spiritual symbol or something personal.

I first saw a beautiful phenology wheel in progress by Lynn of Raising Little Shoots  who creates the most wonderful phenology wheels and encourages her children to capture their nature ‘moment’ for each month on theirs .  She sells a starting guide eBook.

Because I live in the Southern Hemisphere here in South Africa, I changed the corresponding months and seasons on the downloaded wheels. Here is an updated Southern Hemisphere phenology wheel templates (one with months & seasons and 2nd blank template) for seasons and lunar cycles ~ Southern Hemisphere Seasons & Lunar Phenology WheelSeasons & lunar wheel

As the moon phases are blank circles, use the lunar cycle information from Time & Date.com to colour in your moon cycles in the little lunar circles.

Here is my Southern Hemisphere 2018 Phenology wheel with the moon cycle or without, download by clicking the image below ~ Visit Partners in Place to download their wheels of Time and Place and view their gallery of  phenology wheel examples.  

Seasonal Rounds reproduced from p. 19 of All Around the Year (1994) by Jack Santino.

Sign up for access to The Lily & Thistle Resource Library for a blank phenology circle template and add your own seasons, months, or topics.

Sign up to download the free Weather Tracker and Lunar Cycle circle templates at Outdoor Explorer Nature Journal Nitty Gritty Scienceweather tracker month circle

Colour-in the circles to illustrate monthly lunar cycles templates found at Paper Wool Yarn.

Here is another beautiful example of a phenology wheel used as a perpetual day-month-season-calendar display ~

Here’s some more inspiration on Pinterest circular calendar examples

Blessings, Nadene

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Make your own perpetual nature journal

Previously, I shared Lara Gastiger’s perpetual nature journal.  Today I want to share how to make your own frugal perpetual nature journal.

This journal I made is very cheap!  I used 2x A5-sized blank paper exercise books; one with 72 pages and the second with 48 pages.   But you may prefer a spiral-bound journal or sketchbook instead.  Just check that it has least a 120-pages.

Start on the first right-hand page of your journal and label your first month.  Now turn over and allocate 4 pages for each week.  These facing-pages provide a double-page spread for each week.    Now label the main month page and label the top left corners of each double-page with the month and the week number, e.g.: January Week 1, flip the facing page and label January Week 2 on the next left-hand page, etc until you have labeled all 4 weeks. Continue this pattern for all the months of the year.

The first 1-month page can be used as a “Calendar of Firsts” for each month with either numbered a list from 1-31 or calendar blocks or decorate it with poems or season-inspired quotes or Scriptures.  (I’ll share more on Calendar of Firsts in another blog post.)

Perhaps you may create a blank lined or column page to keep lists such as your Bird lists for the year at the front or the back of your nature journal.

I removed the original soft thin cardboard exercise book covers and joined my 2 exercise books with journal stitching.(You can see a very clear tutorial here.)  I made a new cover that wraps around the journal using an old cereal box which I covered with fabric using Modge Podge.  I attached a tie to wrap around the journal to keep it neatly closed.

And there you are!  A frugal perpetual nature journal.

You can start right away by making your first entry in the week you are currently in, drawing a sketch, writing some notes or adding some details of nature finds or firsts.

You can read how I made a frugal Frugal Timeline Book also using cheap exercise books.

Blessings, Nadene

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