How to Teach Nature Journaling, our new book, is due out in June.
 
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February 2020 Nature Journaling News
Announcing Our New Book: How to Teach Nature Journaling. Preorder now!
 
“Here is a natural way for parents and teachers to integrate the beauty and mystery of nature into the lives of children.”—Richard Louv, author of Our Wild Calling and Last Child in the Woods
 
Expanding on the philosophy and methods of my last book, The Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling, I teamed up with experienced curriculum developer and educator, Emilie Lygren, to develop this unparalleled and comprehensive guide to using nature journaling as a tool to engage young people with the outdoors. This teacher-friendly book combines curriculum plans, practical advice, and in-the-field experience so that educators can bring journaling to their students or families. The 31 hands-on field activities connect art, science, math, and critical thinking, while encouraging students and mentors alike to recognize and record the wonder and beauty in the natural world. 
 
Learn More and Preorder Your Copy
 
Announcing: Teachers and Speakers for Wild Wonder 2020!
We are thrilled to announce some of the wonderful teachers and speakers who will be joining us for the second annual Wild Wonder Nature Journaling Conference, which will be Aug 27-30, 2020, in Pacific Grove, CA. Our fantastic team includes many of our  teachers from last year, as well as new additions Kristen Meuser, Kate Rutter, Rosalie Hazilett, and more! We will also have evening talks by thought leaders including Jo Boaler. Check out the updated list of teachers and speakers on the Wild Wonder page.
 
Southeastern Arizona Nature Journaling Retreat: March 16-21
 
Join me for a retreat at the American Museum of Natural History's Southwestern Research Station in Portal, Arizona, one of the most biologically rich environments in the US. Our retreat will include daily nature journaling field trips with a special focus on the amazing bird diversity in the area, as well as daily nature journaling workshops. Spots are very limited and going fast, so register today! 
 
Retreat Details and Registration Info
Wild Wonder 2019 Video: JOHN MUIR LAWS
 
Here is a video of my keynote talk from the 2019 Wild Wonder Conference. I spoke about attention, observation, curiosity, and creative thinking, which I believe are not gifts, but skills that grow with training and deliberate practice. I also had a lot of fun!
 
Watch My Talk at Wild Wonder 2019
Wild Wonder 2019 Video: FIONA GILLOGLY
 
I am excited to share this talk by my friend, 16-year-old Fiona Gillogly, an avid artist, birder, nature journaler, writer, and passionate advocate for nature. Fiona and I met by chance on her 13th birthday, and Fiona says that moment changed her life because she discovered nature journaling, which merged two of her great passions: art and nature. In her talk at the 2019 Wild Wonder Conference, she shared her journey with nature journaling, the joy of curiosity, and why it is more important than ever to ask lots of questions. Learn more about Fiona here.
 
Watch Fiona Gillogly's Talk at Wild Wonder 2019
 
Nature Journaling Tip: Four or More
When working on a nature journal page, see if you can incorporate four or more ways of recording the information you are seeing. I like to include a drawing (sketch from multiple angles, zoom in, landscape, etc), words (observations, questions, hypothesis, poetry), numbers (measurements, counting, estimates), and some kind of map or diagram (could be a doodle of movement, a diagram of how something might work). Including multiple methods on your page helps your brain engage with nature in many ways, and it is a great way to cultiate flexible thinking. Also, when you start to add other elements to the page besides art, your inner critic will see the page as less of a "fine art project" and be less likely to get involved. Lastly, it makes journaling even more fun!
 
 
 
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Custom Watercolor Palette
 
This is my favorite watercolor palette, filled with my custom selection of colors I use both in my studio and in the field. These are hand filled and made one at a time. Our palette elves are working overtime to keep up with orders, and palettes will be back in stock by Feb 7. 
 
See Palette Details
 
New store items
 
You can now purchase some of my favorite nature journaling tools in my store, including the Aquash Waterbrush, the Mono Zero eraser, the Zebra Zensation Pen, and the Non-photo blue pencil. When you order directly from my store, it helps support me and my work. Thank you.
 
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February Workshop: How to Use Watercolor Pencils with a Waterbrush
 
February 11-14, Various Locations in SF Bay Area
Watercolor Pencils are a great way to add color to your field sketches. Applying the pencils is intuitive and the waterbrush makes field application easy. 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.
 
February Event Calendar
February Field Trip: DANIEL SMITH PAINT DEMO 
 

Sunday, February 23, 2020 Join us for a special demonstration by a representative from Daniel Smith Fine Watercolor 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. Click below for details and directions.

 
February Field Trip Details
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.

NEW! Special Donor Thank You Gift: Bird Art Cards by Amy Tan
While supplies last, we have a special gift for those who make a donation of $250 or more using the link below: a very limited edition gift of a set of 8 blank notecards, unavailable elsewhere, featuring prints of bird art by bestselling author and avid nature journaler, Amy Tan. The beautiful cards come in a drawstring bag and include a note from the artist. 
 
For donors of $100, we still have a few more Wild Wonder Nature Journaling Conference Pencil Pouches, featuring my original art and some other goodies including watercolor dot cards from Daniel Smith and QoR. 
 
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CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Saturday, February 22: Nature Journaling Workshop with John Muir Laws at the Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve, 10am-3pm. Tickets and 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
 
May 21: Reading and book signing by David Allen Sibley, introduced by John Muir Laws. 7pm, Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA, Free. More info

May 29-June 1: Nature’s Notebook: Deepen Awareness Through Nature Journaling, a retreat with John Muir Laws and Kyoshin Wendy Lewis. Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, Carmel Valley, CA. Registration opens Feb 14. More info
 
Sunday, July 11, 2020: Book Event for How to Teach Nature Journaling, by John Muir Laws and Emilie Lygren (Heyday Books, June 2020), 7pm, The Foster, Palo Alto. Free. More info
 
NOTE NEW DATE: Sunday, August 14, 2020: Book Event for How to Teach Nature Journaling, by John Muir Laws and Emilie Lygren (Heyday Books, June 2020), with special guest, Amy Tan (author of the introduction to the book). 4pm, Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA. Free. More info
 
 
 
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