The best introductory drawing lessons- Educator’s Forum

What are the best ways to teach people to draw? What are high-impact lessons or processes that will help our students develop skills and confidence in drawing? 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 Read More


Watercolor Special Effects

You can do that? Learn a smorgasbord of watercolor tricks and hacks to get cool textures and effects. This is going to be fun. We are going to play with a host of cool tools to get crazy special effects with watercolor. All ages and experience levels are welcome. No registration is necessary. Here are Read More


Let’s Draw Warblers: Bringing Your Warbler to Life

Celebrate spring migration by learning to capture the beauty and energy of warblers in this 2-part drawing and nature journaling class. No experience or special equipment is required! All you need is an internet connection, pencil, paper, and a willingness to learn.  Make your warbler drawing come to life with tips about feather texture and Read More


The Great Valley Nature Journal Club Workshop


Join Brian Higginbotham and the Great Valley Nature Journal Club for weekly live nature journaling workshops. We review strategies for incorporating words, pictures, and numbers in our practice and share tips, techniques, and inspiration from the community and from past masters. Topics are usually announced in advance of the workshop and are held online through Read More

Art and Science Workshop: Ochre – Earth Makes Art

I will be hosting four unique art and science workshops this Spring 2022 for the Desert Laboratory on Tumamoc Hill, where I am art and science program coordinator. The pigment ochre is often cited as the earliest form of human art and symbolism, but there’s more to it: ochre shows how our brains were developing, Read More


Journaling with Nature Podcast


Journaling With Nature is a podcast for those who want to turn curiosity into wonder…a pencil sketch into a rabbit hole of discovery…a moment of stillness into a life full of joy! Join Bethan Burton each week, Sunday 4PM Pacific time, when a new episode is published. The podcast includes in-depth interviews with nature journalers Read More

Tools for Teaching about Climate Change

Join John Muir Laws and special guests from the National Center for Science Education for a discussion of best practices in teaching about climate change. According to a 2020 study, 38% of Americans do not accept anthropogenic climate change. Additionally, a 2016 study found that while approximately 75% of science teachers address climate change in Read More


Nature Journal Studio with Melinda

Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History and Melinda Nakagawa bring you a monthly in-person nature journaling session. Nature journaling can help us view the natural world with new perspectives, learn about our surroundings, and see the extraordinary in the ordinary. During monthly Nature Journal Studio sessions inside the Museum, Melinda Nakagawa will guide you through Read More