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Teacher Workshop: Nature Journaling

July 22, 2014 @ 10:00 am - July 24, 2014 @ 3:30 pm

Learn how to become a keen observer of the wild places in your neighborhood and help students unlock a love for the natural world in the process.

Join naturalists and educators John Muir “Jack” Laws and Emilie Lygren as they show you how to actively observe and ask scientific questions about the natural world through sketching and creative writing exercises. This mix of art, science, and language arts as well as Jack & Emillie’s unique teaching styles will give you the confidence and skills necessary to guide your students through journaling activities in your schoolyard and beyond. This class is perfect for classroom teachers, outdoor educators, home school parents, or anyone wishing to engage students with nature through journaling.

While creating your own field journal, participants will also visit three different urban wilderness locations in the East Bay and San Francisco; deepen their observational skills; learn how to accurately sketch what they see; and discuss ways to constructively critique students’ work. By the end of these three days, teachers will have the skills necessary to integrate journaling and creative writing activities into their science curriculum. All resources presented at this workshop are aligned with California science and language arts standards for grades 2-6. Academic credit is available through CSU East Bay. Participants will also receive the Opening the World Through Nature Journaling teacher guide.

Register here.


  • Tuesday, July 22: 9:00am – 5:00pm – Rodeo Lagoon (Marin) Meet near the bathrooms in the main parking lot.
  • Wednesday, July 23: 9:00am – 5:00pm – Golden Gate Park (San Francisco) Meet at the intersection of JFK Drive and Chain of Lakes Drive in Golden Gate Park. We will meet on the North West corner. Parking is available along JFK drive.
  • Thursday, July 24: 9:00am – 5:00pm – Garin Regional Park (East Bay) Meet in front of the Nature Center.

We highly encourage carpooling to our courses. A list with participant’s e-mails and home cities will be passed out to help you carpool together. Using public transportation is also encouraged, especially on the day we go to San Francisco.


We will provide you with the following materials:

  • Your own field journal
  • A teacher guide with journaling and language arts exercises, which includes suggestions for English language learners (ELLs)
  • A mechanical pencil and a non-photo blue pencil

We ask that you bring the following:

  • A backpack/daypack big enough for your journal and supplies
  • A reusable water bottle
  • Comfortable hiking shoes
  • A bag lunch, we will be eating in the field
  • Sun screen
  • Camera & binoculars (if you have them; we will have some sets of binoculars to share if you do not have your own)


We will be hiking through two East Bay Regional Parks and Golden Gate Park. We strongly suggest that all participants are capable walkers. Remember to break in your shoes before you get there. If you are worried about hiking, start walking 20 minutes per day now and you’ll be fine.


All Cal Alive! workshops allow you to earn post baccalaureate level academic units. This workshop has been accredited through CSU East Bay for 2 units. Total unit cost for the course is $178.00. You will be able to sign-up during check-in on Monday, June 24. For more information on university requirements and transcript requests, visit the CIB Academic Credit page.

Cancellation & More Information

While registration fees are non-refundable, we understand that plans change. If you need to drop out of the course, would like more information, or are having trouble registering for the course, please e-mail our Education Department at education@calalive.org or call (888) 325-3288.



July 22, 2014 @ 10:00 am
July 24, 2014 @ 3:30 pm
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California Institute for Biodiversity
(925) 631-2481

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