Find a Nature Journal Club near you, Wild Wonder 2020 Update, March Workshops
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March 2020 Nature Journaling News
How to Teach Nature Journaling: Preorder now! Book out in June.
“From the beginning of time, we have been connected to nature, but for the first time in history, that connection threatens to be broken for most of an entire generation and perhaps generations to come. In this book and this work, I find hope. Laws and Lygren have created a powerful and practical resource for teachers to help children and adults discover, explore, love, and protect the natural world around them. Nature is magic, and everyone needs it.” –Robert Bateman, artist, naturalist, and founder of the Bateman Foundation
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NEW Map! Find (or Start) a Nature Journal Club Near You
Our Nature Journal Club on Facebook recently reached a major milestone: 10,000 members! Nature Journaling is a worldwide movement that integrates art, science, and nature exploration. Visit the new interactive map and click on any marker to find a group near you. If you have a group and you aren't yet on the map, please contact me so I can add your group. If there is no group in your area--start one! 
Map of Nature Journal Clubs
Announcing: Evening Speakers for Wild Wonder 2020
For our second annual Wild Wonder Nature Journaling Conference (Save the dates: Aug 27-30, 2020, in Pacific Grove, CA), we are excited to share some of the great speakers we have lined up for our evening talks, including Mark W. Moffett, ecologist storyteller and author of Adventures Among Ants; Dr. Christine Huffard, research specialist at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Institute; and Jo Boaler, professor at Stanford University, faculty director of, and author of Mathematical Mindsets and Limitless Mind. Registration will open later this Spring. More Wild Wonder Conference Details
March Nature Journal Workshop: Big Birds in Flight
March 10-13, Various Locations in SF Bay Area
In this class, we break down wing fundamentals and foreshortening with hands-on foldable models and learn how to understand and the basic angles that we see all the time and unexpected and counterintuitive angles that you never dared to draw. NOTE: For those unable to attend, please know that I aim to record all of our workshops and make them available to everyone for FREE through my blog.
More Info and March Event Calendar
March Nature Journal Club Field Trip: Castle Rock Peregrines
Sunday, March 29. Join us at Castle Rock Recreation Area (in Diablo Foothills Regional Park) for a day of nature exploration, art, and journaling. The Peregrine Falcons are nesting in the cliffs overhead and wildflowers abound underfoot. Free. Click below for details and directions.
March Field Trip Details
Nature Journal Show with Marley Peifer
My friend, Marley Peifer, is a naturalist, educator, and artist, and he has helped lead trips with me here in California and in Tanzania. He has one of those super curious brains that I would love to crawl inside of and take for a spin sometime. Marley has launched a weekly Nature Journal Show on YouTube, where he shares tips and tricks and interviews other nature journalers. Check it out--It is a lot of fun! 
Watch the Nature Journal Show 
Recent Blog Posts
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Custom Watercolor Palette Available
Here is my favorite watercolor palette, filled with my selection of colors I use both in my studio and in the field. These are hand filled and made one at a time. 
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New in the Store
My favorite journaling tools are available in my store, such as the Kuretake Flat Waterbrush, the Aquash Waterbrush, the Zebra Zensation Pen, and more. When you order directly from my store, it helps support me and my work. Thank you.
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Nature Journaling Tip: "Love the Questions Themselves"
A student in a workshop recently shared this wonderful quote from poet Rainer Maria Rilke: “Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer." Getting curious and asking lots of questions in your journal is a great way to go deeper with your subject. Try asking 5+ questions on your next journal page...and for now, try to "love the questions themselves" and don't worry about the answers. Don't get me wrong--answers ARE important. But when you ask lots of questions without worrying about the answer for now, it is freeing and fun, and you often get to the question behind the question...leading to a really interesting question that you never would have discovered if you hadn't dug deeper. 
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 journler, Amy Tan (see image). Cards come in a beautiful drawstring bag and include a note from the artist. 
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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
Thursday, May 28: Nature Journaling Workshop, Talk, and Signing, 5:30-8:30, Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, Pacific Grove, CA. Tickets and 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, June 14, 2020: Book Launch Party for How to Teach Nature Journaling, by John Muir Laws and Emilie Lygren (Heyday Books, June 2020), 2-5pm, Heyday Books, Berkeley. Free 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
Sunday, August 16, 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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