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2023 Nature JournalEducators Workshop

June 9, 2023 @ 8:30 am June 10, 2023 @ 4:30 pm PDT

On June 9-10, 2023, Join John Muir Laws, co-author of How to Teach Nature Journaling, along with Roseann Hanson, Rob Wade, and other experienced educators for a fun, informative, and empowering two-day online workshop for nature journal educators. You will come away from this workshop inspired with best practices and practical tools for teaching nature journaling, and you will be prepared to put them into practice with your students.


Workshop Goals

The goals of this workshop are to help you:

  1. Understand the fundamental principles and practices of nature journaling and be able to communicate its value to students;
  2. Understand how nature journaling reinforces language arts, visual arts, math, science, social-emotional learning, and more;
  3. Feel empowered with the tools and confidence to teach nature journaling in your own setting, whether that’s adult education, a traditional classroom, homeschool, or online learning;
  4. Learn how to give appropriate feedback that reinforces a growth mindset;
  5. Experience nature journaling activities specifically adapted for online teaching;
  6. Learn how to develop a nature journaling business, including pro tips on things like insurance and marketing; and
  7. Connect with and learn from other nature journaling educators.

This workshop is for anyone who is teaching in any form. This includes formal classroom educators, but also homeschool parents, park rangers, adult education instructors, nature center staff, scout leaders, environmental educators, and more. Beginners are welcome. Even if you haven’t taught yet, but you love nature journaling and would like to teach, we would love to have you join us!

Who Should Attend?

We are working on offering Continuing Education Credits, or CEUs, as part of this event. If it is possible to us to offer them, there will be an additional fee for CEUs, and we will send more information to registered participants about this in June.

Attendees will also receive credits toward achieving our new Nature Journal Educator Certificate, which will launch in 2024.

Certification and Continuing Education Credits (CEUs)

Our community is built on trust and love, and we want to make this event as accessible as possible. We invite you to register for the price you can afford, or apply for a scholarship if you need one. When you choose to register at the Pay-It-Forward price, you are enabling someone else to attend who is passionate about teaching nature journaling but may not have the financial means to attend.

  • Regular Live Pass—$70: Includes full access to live event as well as select recordings after the event.
  • Pay-It-Forward Live Passes—$80 to $125: Special tickets with a built-in tax-deductible donation to help support scholarships to the event. This pass includes full access to live event as well as select recordings after the event.
  • Scholarship Live Pass Sliding Scale—$0-$35: The Wild Wonder Foundation is committed to inclusiveness, respect, and equal opportunity for everyone as we nurture and celebrate a diverse, global community of nature journalers. Those who face economic barriers, underrepresentation, and/or historic marginalization are eligible for financial support, and we will give scholarship priority to those most in need of assistance. For this event, we have many partial and full scholarships available. Click here to apply for a scholarship.
  • NOTE: Refunds are not available.


  • After you purchase your pass, and about one week before the event begins, you will receive an email with additional details for accessing the event as well as other resources.
  • All Live passes include full access to all the events during the live, 2-day event as well as select recordings after the event until January 1, 2024.

Live Pass Pricing


THIS PASS WILL GO ON SALE AFTER JUNE 15: The Video Pass will give access to selected recordings from the event until January 1, 2024.

  • Video Pass—$45: This pass gives you access to select recordings after the event. No live access is included.
  • Pay-It-Forward Video Pass—$65: This pass gives you access to select recordings after the event and it includes a small donation. No live access is included.

Video Pass Pricing

On June 9 and 10, we will meet from 8:30am-4:30pm Pacific time for classes, field assignments, roundtables, panels, and small group discussions.

Each evening, we will have a keynote talk at 6:00pm. Keynote speakers will be Rob Wade and John Muir Laws.

By May 1, a detailed schedule will be posted on this site and emailed to registered participants.


Meet Your Workshop Leaders

John Muir Laws (aka Jack) is a principal leader and innovator of the worldwide nature journaling movement. As a scientist, educator, and author, Jack helps people forge a deeper and more personal connection with nature through keeping illustrated nature journals and understanding science. Jack has kept nature journals since he was a child. As a dyslexic, Jack struggled in school. He found his place and delight in learning through spending time in nature and keeping notebooks of his observations, discoveries, and adventures. Trained as a wildlife biologist and scientific illustrator, he now observed the world with rigorous attention and awe. He looks for mysteries, plays with ideas, and seeks connection in all he sees. He has found that attention, observation, curiosity, and creative thinking are not gifts, but instead are skills that grow with training and deliberate practice. As an educator and author, Jack shares ways to make these skills a part of everyday life. He is the author and illustrator of several books including The Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling (also available in Spanish), The Laws Sketchbook, The Laws Guide to Drawing Birds, Sierra Birds: a Hiker’s Guide, Sierra Wildflowers: A Hiker’s Guide, and The Laws Guide to the Sierra Nevada. He is co-author with Emilie Lygren of How to Teach Nature Journaling. More info.

Roseann Hanson is one of the organizers of the Wild Wonder Nature Journaling Conference and has taught more than 150 online and in-person nature journaling, writing, and field arts classes. Her books Nature Journaling for a Wild Life and Master of Field Arts debuted during COVID and have become popular for their format as eight-week “workshops in a book.” She is a professional naturalist, author, and expedition leader who has been keeping science-based nature and field notes journals for 40 years. She studied journalism and ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Arizona, and has worked in the American Southwest, Mexico, and East Africa as a conservationist, naturalist, and writer. Roseann enjoys integrating conservation, science, outdoor skills, and cultural awareness into her work. She was named a Fellow of both the Explorers Club in the U.S. and the Royal Geographical Society for her conservation and expedition work. You can find her at http://www.exploringoverland.com/fieldarts    and on social media at https://www.facebook.com/roseannhansonexplore & https://www.instagram.com/roseannhanson 

Rob Wade is a place-based educator working in the Upper Feather River region of California’s northern Sierra Nevada. As the Outdoor Education and Science Coordinator for the Plumas County Office of Education (PCOE) since 1995, he has designed, developed and implemented successful and sustainable K-12 programs in the region, built upon strategic partnership with over 32 agencies and organizations. These partnerships also allowed the 2016 launch of an NGSS K-12 strategy that took outdoor education and stewardship mainstream. Outdoor Core Mountain Kid is a K-12 collaborative that supports every teacher to integrate authentic weekly outdoor learning adventures for every student as part of a year long local theme centered on inquiry and stewardship. Field journaling is a foundational skill and activity for every student and every grade level. Rob has a BS from the University of California-Berkeley in Conservation & Resource Studies and an MA from the School of Education at the University of San Francisco. In addition to his regional work in California, Rob is a national facilitator and consultant supporting K-12 program development. Rob is the 2017 recipient of the Excellence in Environmental Education Award, presented by the California Environmental Education Foundation and a 2020 recipient of the Environmental Law Institute’s National Wetland Award. More info.

NOTE: This event will also include several other educators to be announced later.


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