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Discussing Climate and Environmental Issues: Hope and Engagement

How do we discuss environmental issues in a way that promotes realistic, constructive engagement? Berating students about the end of the earth does not work. How can we discuss environmental issues in ways that help students evaluate issues and constructively engage with them? How do we help them take care of themselves maintaining hope and Read More


Journaling and Adversity

Join us for a discussion of resilience, adversity, and the power of paying attention. Join John Muir Laws as he sits down with Storyteller Gene Gryniewicz for a Thursday Workshop ... to talk about changes, challenges, adapting, and moving forward in the face of adversity. In 2005 Gene was diagnosed with Early Onset Parkinson’s Disease; Read More


Sketching for Birders

Online CA

Learn how to draw birds in the field to help you observe more carefully and remember the details more accurately. You do not need to be an artist to enhance your field notes with quick drawings that portray the field marks that you see. These notes can help you learn to identify birds and report Read More


Ask Jack

Ask you Nature Journaling questions live with John Muir Laws. Do you have questions about drawing, journaling, naturalist skills, or journaling teaching techniques? Join John Muir Laws and the Nature Journal Club every week for a one-hour open forum discussion where we explore (and hopefully answer) your questions live. Stick around at the end of Read More


Educator’s Forum: Why Nature Journaling?

Let's explore intrinsic motivations behind nature journaling. What are the transferable skills behind nature journaling? How do these skills relate to career paths? Learn how to teach Nature Journaling! Join our weekly discussion and idea-sharing for teachers, home school parents, and other educators interested in teaching nature journaling skills. Each meeting will have a theme. Read More


Hatching and Crosshatching

Learn how to use a simple line work system to convey light, shadow, and the orientation of surface planes. Crosshatching is a great way to show value and form with a pencil or pen. Learn the basics and give it a try. Download and construct this dodecahedron before the class. Bring paper and a pencil Read More


The 7 Habits of Highly Happy Birders

Join John Muir Laws at the "Flying By The Seat of Our Pants" Free Virtual Festival. Let's explore seven things you can do to make your bird watching richer and more enjoyable. Click here to see the full schedule (January 13-16, 2022).


How to Keep a Birder’s Field Journal

Join John Muir Laws at the "Flying By The Seat of Our Pants" Free Virtual Festival. Learn how keeping a journal can add richness to your birding adventures and how to get started. Click here to see the full schedule (January 13-16, 2022).


Bird Drawing Basics- Fast Sketching

Join John Muir Laws at the "Flying By The Seat of Our Pants" Free Virtual Festival. How can you make fast bird sketches in the field? Learn techniques to capture the posture, proportions, and details of birds you see and make fast and accurate sketches. This is a two-hour workshop. Click here to see the Read More


Educator’s Forum: The Power of Story

How can we use story to connect us to place? Explore how story can engender a sense of belonging and connection to nature. Join the Educators Forum and special guests Rebecca Rolnick and Kate Righter for a rich discussion about storytelling and relationship with land and place. Learn how to teach Nature Journaling! Join our Read More