John Muir Laws
January 2020 Nature Journal News
Announcing Wild Wonder 2020!
We are thrilled to announce dates and location for the second annual Wild Wonder Nature Journaling Conference: August 27-30, 2020, at the Mott Training Center on the campus of Asilomar in Pacific Grove, CA (the same very popular location as in 2019). The event will be 4 full days this year, with a rich schedule of classes, field trips, lectures, and social time. We will share more details, including our fantastic teacher team, in February, and registration will open later this Spring. Please visit the Wild Wonder web page for more details on the event, and please direct all conference queries to the Wild Wonder email address.
Galapagos Islands Nature Journal Voyage: June 20-29, 2020
Join us for a week among the Galapagos Islands, where the wildlife of the islands is famously tame and wonderful, and the sketching and journaling opportunities are like no place on Earth. Sign up soon--there are only a few spaces left!
Learn More and Join the Expedition
January Nature Journal Workshop:
A Waterbrush is a Field Sketcher’s Best Friend
JANUARY 14-17, Various Locations in the SF Bay Area
The waterbrush is an amazing little tool that revolutionized the way I paint, sketch, and journal. In this class, you will explore techniques with watercolor and soluble pens and pencils that will help you quickly add color and value to your sketches. NOTE: For those of you out of the area or unable to attend, please know that it is my goal to record all of our nature journaling workshops and make them available to everyone for free through my blog. 
January Workshop Info
Wild Wonder 2019 Conference Video:
Abby McBride
Abby McBride is a self-described sketch biologist who writes and illustrates multimedia stories about biology, ecology, and conservation. At Wild Wonder 2019, she shared how she used sketching to tell stories of seabirds in New Zealand in her role as a Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellow. 
Watch Abby McBride's Talk at Wild Wonder
Wild Wonder 2019 Conference Video:
Clare Walker Leslie
Clare Walker Leslie has kept a nature journal for more than 40 years and she is the author of more than 12 books, including Keeping a Nature Journal and The Nature Connection. At Wild Wonder 2019, I introduced Clare as one of my most important mentors, and she spoke about her training in art and her love of teaching. 
Watch Clare Walker Leslie's Talk at Wild Wonder
Nature Journal Club Field Trip:
Salmon Spawning

Sunday, January 26, 10am-4pm
Love is in the Water! After the first big winter rain, Coho Salmon make their way up Lagunitas Creek in Marin County to spawn. Click the blue button below for more details. If you need a few tips on drawing fish before you go, please see the fish blog posts below. (Thanks to Mark Simmons for these sketchnote pages.)

January Field Trip Details
Blog Posts
See Blog Archive
Custom Watercolor Palette Available
This is my favorite watercolor palette, filled with my custom selection of the paint colors I use both in my studio and in the field. These are hand filled and made one at a time. 
See Palette Details
New in the store!
Some of my favorite nature journaling tools are now available in my store: the Aquash Waterbrush, the Mono Zero eraser, the Zebra Zensation Pen, and the Non-photo blue pencil. When you order from my store, it helps support me and my work. Thank you.
Visit my store
Sunday, February 23, 2020: Daniel Smith Demo. Join us for a special demonstration of Daniel Smith Fine Watercolor paints at The Foster in Palo Alto. Our day will also include an exploration of the beautiful work of Tony Foster and a field trip to the nearby Palo Alto Baylands. Free. More info
Sunday, March 22, 2020: Bay Nature Local Hero Awards. I am honored to be receiving the Environmental Educator Award in this year's Bay Nature Local Hero Awards. Join me at the awards dinner, which will feature a silent auction. Berkeley City Club, CA. Tickets and info
Sunday, June 14, 2020: Book Event for How to Teach Nature Journaling, by John Muir Laws and Emilie Lygren (Heyday Books, May 2020), with special guest, Amy Tan (author of the introduction to the book). 4pm, Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA. Free. More info
Nature Journaling Tip: Make it a Habit
A new year is a time when we often make resolutions. Perhaps you would like to commit to journaling more. How can you do it? There are many things that can support us in making a new habit. First, you can attach it to something you already do. For instance, if you take a walk regularly, then create a nature journal kit and keep it by the door so you can take it with you every time. Another way to keep journaling is to find a journaling buddy--this could be a nearby friend or someone on the Nature Journal Club Facebook Page--and commit to journaling with and sharing pages with that person. You might even take turns coming up with nature journaling challenges for each other! Lastly, be kind to yourself and keep starting again. If you plan to journal every day, and you miss a few days, don't sweat it. Just start again.
Thank you for your support!
My mission is to connect people to art, science, and nature through nature 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.

Special Donor Thank You Gifts
While limited supplies last, we have a gift for those who make a donation of $100 or more using the link below: a Wild Wonder Nature Journaling Conference Pencil Pouch, featuring my original art and other goodies including watercolor dot cards from Daniel Smith and QoR ($30 value, click the photo for more details).
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San Mateo, CA 94402-9998.
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