How to Take Field Notes
A journal acts as a record of student observations and research activities. It should include: class notes, field observations and data, sketches, reading notes, as well as response/ reflection to articles assigned.
Each entry should be marked by the date and begin on a new page. Number each page and use the format for the “type” of entry as shown below.
The journal should be organized, not cramped and include diagrams, sketches, and maps where appropriate. Thoroughness and accuracy are important.
Table of Contents (leave 4 blank pages for this!)
Date Activity Page #
9/05 Terrestrial Succession – class notes 1-2
(Journal Page for Outdoor Research)
Date: 9/06/09 Page 3
Location: Brandwein Nature Learning Preserve
(Your Notes, Sketches, Data, Comments ….)
(Journal Page for Reading Response)
Title: Ecological Disturbance Page 5
(Your thoughts on the topic and connections to our course work.)
What did you learn? What does this article make you think about? How might it “influence” you in this course?