Upcoming Field Trips, Nature Journaling Conference, and Bird Art Contest for Children
John Muir Laws
Nature Journal News: August Update
August Nature Journal Club Field Trip:
A day with birds, an evening with bats!
SUNDAY, AUGUST 25, 10am-8:30pm
Join us as we explore the wetlands and rice fields of the Yolo Bypass area near Davis. We will spend the day tootling around the refuge, looking for otters and birds. Enjoy a potluck lunch, drawing demonstrations, and plenty of time to sketch, journal, and explore. Our program usually ends at 4:00 pm, but not today. We will extend our afternoon, sketch more, have a potluck dinner together, and then stay to watch the bats fly out at sunset! All are welcome, and no registration is required. $20 suggested donation. 
Details and Directions
Wild Wonder Nature Journaling Conference:
There are a few discounted tickets left. Please join us!
September 12-15, 2019, Pacific Grove, California
John Muir Laws and the Nature Journal Club are thrilled to be hosting Wild Wonder, the first Nature Journaling Conference. This event will gather people who are passionate about nature, art, science, curiosity, and wonder to share ideas, learn from each other, support each other, inspire each other, and have fun together in nature’s beauty. Our teacher team includes Clare Walker Leslie, Hannah Hinchman, Catherine Hamilton, Obi Kaufmann, Laurie Wigham, Abby McBride, John Muir Laws, and more! 
Learn more or register now!
Out Of Africa
I was fortunate to spend the majority of my summer in Africa, journaling about the incredible wonder and beauty in this part of our world. I have shared some pages from my journal on Instagram if you would like to see them.
JML on Instagram
California Kids Bird Art Contest
The San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory is sponsoring a bird art contest for children ages 3-17. Children are encouraged to spend time outside recording information about birds in their neighborhood or nearby park/refuge and collect observations in a scientific drawing with notes, like a page in a field guide (see example from SFBBO above). Artwork will be featured at current and future SFBBO events as well as displayed on website and social media. It is FREE to enter! There are three age groups, and the deadline is October 4.
SFBBO Kids Art Contest Details
September Nature Journal Club Field Trip: San Francisco Botanical Garden 
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 10am-4pm
The San Francisco Botanical Garden is one of the world’s premier gardens, with thriving collections of plants from all over the world. Join us for a docent-led tour, highlighting plant forms that are fun to draw, a potluck lunch, plant drawing demonstrations, and opportunities to sketch and wonder. All are welcome, and no registration is required. $20 suggested donation. 
Details and Directions
Nature Journal Club Classes Schedule Update
Please note we will not have weekly workshops in August or September. These will resume in October, with a special class on tracking and nature journaling taught by Marley Peifer. Visit our events calendar for the most up-to-date information. 
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My mission is to connect people to art, science, and nature through field journaling. Your donation supports free and low-cost educational programming, workshops, teacher training, and online and downloadable resources. Your support makes it possible for me to continue this work and to offer my services at low or no cost. Your donation, whatever the size, is greatly appreciated and is tax-deductible. Thank you.
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Nature Journal Club
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San Mateo, CA 94402-9998.
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