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First spring wildflower watercolor by Nakaia Macomber-Millman

Do You Know Where You Are?

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Art Toolkit Team

Inspiration | August 10, 2022

What could be a more fitting way to celebrate our planet than by deepening your knowledge of the patch of Earth on which you live?⁠

Here are 20 opportunities to explore deeper into the place you live through a series of questions. You can use each question as a potential nature journal prompt, an artistic prompt, or a way to get to know the world better.⁠

Moody Washington State ferry watercolor by Maria Coryell-Martin

1.

What was the total rainfall in your area last year?

Washington State Ferry watercolor by Maria Coryell-Martin

Goat Peak Lookout watercolor by Maria Coryell-Martin

2.

When was the last time a fire burned in your area?

Goat Peak fire lookout by Maria Coryell-Martin

Full moon watercolor by Maria Coryell-Martin

3.

How many days until the moon is full?

Full moon watercolor by Maria Coryell-Martin

Soil samples watercolors by Nakaia Macomber-Millman

4.

What soil series are you standing on?

Soil samples watercolors by Nakaia Macomber-Millman

Edible plants watercolor by Nakaia Macomber-Millman

5.

What are five edible plants in your region and their season(s) of availability?⁠

Edible plants watercolor by Nakaia Macomber-Millman

Chum salmon watercolor by Maria Coryell-Martin

6.

How did the culture that lived in your area before you feed itself?⁠ Did it rely on foraging directly from the environment, raising animals, a simple system for growing plants in gardens, or did they have a complex agricultural system that included irrigating, plowing, fertilizing, and harvesting from large tracts of land?⁠

Chum salmon illustration by Maria Coryell-Martin

Moody iceberg watercolor by Maria Coryell-Martin

7.

From which direction do winter storms generally come in your region?⁠

Moody iceberg watercolor by Maria Coryell-Martin

Where does your garbage go? By Nhatt Nichols

8.

Where does your garbage go?⁠

Litter illustration by Nhatt Nichols

Garden peas watercolor by Nakaia Macomber-Millman

9.

How long is the growing season where you live?

Garden peas watercolor by Nakaia Macomber-Millman

Sled dog watercolor by Maria Coryell-Martin

10.

On what day of the year are the shadows the shortest where you live?⁠

Greenland sled dog watercolor by Maria Coryell-Martin

Deer watercolor by Maria Coryell-Martin

11.

When do the deer rut in your region, and when are the young born?

Deer watercolor by Maria Coryell-Martin

Grass texture watercolor by Nakaia Macomber-Millman

12.

Name five grasses in your area. Are any of them native?

Grasses watercolor by Nakaia Macomber-Millman

Arctic tern watercolor by Maria Coryell-Martin

13.

Name five resident and five migratory birds in your area.⁠

Arctic terns watercolor by Maria Coryell-Martin

Chimicum Valley farmland watercolor by Maria Coryell-Martin

14.

What is the history of how the land has been used where you live? Was it a farm or an orchard? Hunting grounds or a village?

Chimicum Valley farmland watercolor by Maria Coryell-Martin

Mount Baker icefall watercolor by Maria Coryell-Martin

15.

What primary ecological event or process influenced the way the land is formed where you live? (Bonus: What’s the evidence?)⁠

Mount Baker icefall watercolor by Maria Coryell-Martin

Dinosaur illustration by Stella Coryell

16.

What species have become extinct in your area?

Dinosaur illustrations by Stella Coryell and Maria Coryell-Martin

First spring wildflower watercolor by Nakaia Macomber-Millman

17.

What spring wildflower is consistently among the first to bloom where you live?

Western trillium illustration by Nakaia Macomber-Millman

Berries and flowers ink and watercolors by Nakaia Macomber-Millman

18.

What are the major plant associations in your region? An association is the basic vegetation unit floristically defined from field data. Each association has a distinctive faithful species and a group of high-presence or constant species, which give the community or association a cohesive structure.

Berries and flowers illustration by Nakaia Macomber-Millman

Port Townsend beach watercolor by Maria Coryell-Martin

19.

Can you trace the water you drink from precipitation to tap?

Port Townsend beach watercolor by Maria Coryell-Martin

Above the Ice watercolor by Maria Coryell-Martin

20.

From where you’re reading this, point north.

Above the Ice watercolor by Maria Coryell-Martin

Big thanks to Nakaia Macomber-Millman, Nhatt Nichols, Stella Coryell, and Maria Coryell-Martin for lending their artistic talent to these prompts and to the Where Are You At Bioregional Quiz for the inspirational questions!