Nature Journal by Nicole Berlach

Product Description

Product Description


The Nature Journal by Nicole Berlach is a beautifully illustrated journal to help grow observation and appreciation of the environment around use.  Use as a family or encourage older children to use their own to explore patterns through the seasons and get to know the local flora and fauna.


The Nature Journal is A5 in size and has 19 double page spread with spaces to jot down notes for location, plants and flowers, seedpods, insects, reptiles, birds, animals and the weather on the days you go exploring.  There is an introduction page and a 'how to' on the last page to show you how you could use the journal.  


They would make a beautiful gift paired with some quality Lyra pencils for you little nature explorer.


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Product Materials & Care Instructions


Made in Australia - manufactured by local small business owners.  


Each journal has a beautifully illustrated cover made from recycled Kraft card and printed with water based inks.  The pages have a rough texture similar to watercolour paper and the binding is stitched with thread.  


The journals measure 14.5cm x 21cm.   The Nature Journal has 19 double pages with prompts to record location, plants and flowers, seedpods, insects, reptiles, birds, animals and the weather.

About Nicole Berlach


Nicole Berlach is the beautiful artist and creator behind the nature and botanical journals.  


Nicole is a fellow Australian and studied a Bachelor of Natural History Illustration and creates amazing scientific illustrations and watercolours across lots of different mediums including paper, linen and timber.  Her works have earned her many awards, including first place in the Australian Entomological Illustration Award and have been published in works abroad.  


We love Nicole's work because of her focus on nature, particularly our local floral and fauna here in Australia and how she encourages little ones to stop and observe the beauty around them.  To get out in nature, explore, observe, investigate.  Find out where plants and animals come from and use many skills to describe the things they are seeing in both visual and written form.  


Being aware of our environment is a great start in teaching children about the effects we have on nature and being mindful to ensure we still have these beautiful things around us in the future to enjoy.

Development of Skills

There are many skills to be gained when using these nature journals:

  • Communication Skills:  encouraging children to describe what they are seeing is a great way to practice communication and further develop their vocabulary.  When using the nature or botanical journals, encourage younger children to describe verbally what they are seeing and get them to translate this into images on the page.  Older children can then turn these verbal descriptions into words on the page. 
  • Gross Motor Skills:  while you are outside exploring nature, encourage a wide variety of gross motor skills to collect bits and pieces for your journal.  Climbing over rocks, jumping down from low-lying tree branches, reaching up tall to collect a leaf or seed pod.  Go on a hike to explore your local nature areas.  
  • Fine Motor Skills:  these journals encourage children to fill out the pages with drawings or paintings describing what they see.  Younger children may want to trace items or you could sketch the images and encourage them to add colour to the pictures.  If you have collected fallen leaves or flowers, they could glue or tape them to the pages.  
  • Sensory Skills:  nature is the worlds own playground.  Filled with so many beautiful colours, sounds, smells, textures and depending on where you head off to, there may be some yummy treats to taste.  Encourage little ones to feel the ground beneath them with bare feet - feel the grass, the rocks, the sand, the crunch leaves.  Pick up hand fulls of dirt or mud and let them explore the textures.  For younger children, describe what you see - the colours, what you can hear. 
  • Thinking and Problem-Solving Skills:  when you go exploring out in nature, there are so many opportunities for children to use their thinking and problem-solving skills.  Describing what they see, hear and feel around them takes brain power to turn a sense into a word and also helps to expand their vocabulary.  Encourage children to problem solve to get objects that might be up high, down low or obscured by something else.  Turn the exploring into a game and describe an object and get them to find it based on your description.  



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Shipping Information

Date last reviewed:  23rd November 2017.


Once you place your order on our website, we will begin to process it within one business day.  We aim to ship your lovely items within 1-2 business days after your order is placed, as long as the order is in stock (we will contact you as soon as possible if it’s not!).  Any order that is placed on a weekend or public holiday within Victoria, will be processed the following business day.  


During busy periods such as Easter, Christmas and during our sales periods, please allow an addition 1-2 days for your order to be packed up and shipped on its way as there is only one person behind this computer packaging all of your beautiful orders up. 


We will notify you by email or phone if we are aware of any delays that are expected.


While we want to let you know EXACTLY how long it will take for your beautiful package to get to you, it’s just not possible for us to guarantee delivery times or delivery dates as we don’t personally deliver your items (we rely on the lovely services of Australia Post).


If you are concerned/worried about how long your package is taking, please do not hesitate to contact us.  We will try our best to get you all the information you need and provide tracking with all parcels to help minimise any issues experienced.


We like to keep you in the know about what is happening with your order, so expect an email from us notifying you that your parcel is on its way, along with its tracking number (in case you want to keep a close eye on it).


Shipping within Australia

Flat rate of $10.00* - standard shipping within Australia only, using Australia Post with tracking


Free if you spend over $150* in one transaction (after discount is applied) - standard shipping within Australia only, using Australia Post with tracking.


Express Post can be organised for a flat rate of $15.00 for next business day delivery*+  


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Insurance cover is provided for all parcels up to the value of $100.  If you require insurance on your delivery, please contact us for a quote and we can organise an invoice to include the cost of shipping and insurance.  


*unless your order is heavy (greater than 2kg) or very bulky (awkward shapes that just don’t want to squish into a box).  We are unable to offer Express Post delivery for parcels that exceed these requirements.  In this instance, we will contact you if your parcel exceeds these requirements to organise an alternative delivery option (if available) or additional charges may apply.

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Shipping to New Zealand


Flat Rate of $20* - standard shipping using Australia Post or DHL including tracking.   


*unless your order is heavy (greater than 1.5kg) or very bulky (awkward shapes that just don't want to squish into a box).  If you require insurance for your parcel delivery, please contact us for a quote and we can do up an invoice for you that includes this.  


International Shipping

We want to share the Wild and Whimsical Things love around, so we want to offer International shipping to our customers on the other side of the world.  At the moment, we are unable to offer shipping to the USA or Canada but please feel free to contact us in case this changes and we can update you.


If you want to make a purchase from overseas, please send us an email with the items you are wanting to purchase from the shop and we can give you a quote for shipping to your country.  Previously we did a Flat Rate, but due to the nature of our products, the pricing was quite variable and we want to offer the best shipping price we can.   


Email: or +61 427 183 399


Please note that all bulky and heavy items are not eligible for International shipping.  We provide a little note on our products if they are excluded from International delivery.


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Pre-orders and Backorder shipping times

If you placed a pre-order or back order for a product, we are unable to give you specific shipping/delivery times as each brand varies in the time it takes to place the wholesale order and to deliver that order to Wild and Whimsical Things. 


We will attempt to give you an estimate, but please keep in mind that it is an estimate only (e.g. some international brands may take longer if there are any issues passing through customs, some products are handmade by other small business owners).  Please feel free though, to contact us if you want an update on your order.


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Exchange & Refund Policy

We can offer a change of mind on purchases (at our discretion), provided you contact us within 14 days of receiving your order, the products are returned in an unused, unworn and resalable condition with all tags and labels intact (including original packaging).  If your item is faulty, please do not send your purchase back to the manufacturer, contact us via email or phone to arrange an exchange/refund - or +61 427 183 399.  We are unable to provide refunds for gift cards if you change your mind. 


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Please see our more detailed policy at, where you will also find information regarding the process to return the products to Wild and Whimsical Things.