"Thoroughly conscious ignorance is the prelude to every real advance in science."

—James Clerk Maxwell

Welcome

We live in a world of beauty and wonder. Train your mind to see deeply and with intentional curiosity, and the world will open before you. Keeping a journal of your observations, questions, and reflections will enrich your experiences and develop gratitude, reverence, and the skills of a naturalist. The goal of nature journaling is not to create a portfolio of pretty pictures but to develop a tool to help you see, wonder, and remember your experiences in nature. You can learn to do this. You do not need to be an artist or a naturalist. These are skills you will develop as you go. The time to begin is now.

Free Tutorials

Free online classes & step-by-step lessons.

The Naturalist Store

Signed books, art & naturalist supplies.

Events and Classes

Programs for adults, families & educators.

Nature Journal Club

Free workshops & field trips.

Classes, Lectures, Workshops, and Private Lessons

I teach workshops and give public lectures about nature stewardship, journaling, drawing birds, natural history and observation. Browse my current schedule for programs or contact me if you would like to schedule a program or private lessons.

The Nature Journal Club

Learn to keep a nature journal.  Join free nature journaling workshops and field trips every month. The Nature Journal Club is a family friendly, intergenerational community who connect with nature through art and field journaling. See the full schedule, learn more and get sketching! Learn how to start your own Nature Journal Club in your area (I can help you).

 

Free Teacher and Homeschool Resources

Nature Journaling Curriculum The second edition of the acclaimed curriculum, Opening the World Through Nature Journaling, and field journaling lesson plans from the BEETLES team of the Lawrence Hall of Science are now available as a free download. The curriculum now includes more great kid tested sketching activities, poetry writing, and more detailed tips on drawing in nature (you will love the material on drawing plants).  This is a great resource for teachers, outdoor leaders, and home school parents.

NGSS Crosscutting Concept Posters Are you a teacher? Would you like to decorate your classrooms with posters that remind you and your students of the big ideas in science and engineering? I have created free crosscutting concept posters. Print the grayscale posters and put them up today. Print the lineart versions for your students to color. Free download here.