John Muir Laws at the 2019 Wild Wonder Conference

John Muir Laws, aka Jack, is an award-winning scientist, educator, and author, who helps people forge a deeper and more personal connection with nature through keeping illustrated nature journals and understanding science. His work intersects science, art, and mindfulness. Trained as a wildlife biologist and an associate of the California Academy of Sciences, he observes the world with rigorous attention, looking for mysteries, playing with ideas, and seeking connections in all he sees. At the 2019 Wild Wonder Nature Journaling Conference, Jack spoke about attention, observation, curiosity, and creative thinking, which he believes are not gifts, but skills that grow with training and deliberate practice. To learn more about Jack’s books and learning resources, see

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ABOUT WILD WONDER NATURE JOURNALING CONFERENCE Sponsored by Heyday Books, John Muir Laws, and the Nature Journal Club, Wild Wonder Nature Journaling Conference is an annual event that gathers people who are passionate about nature, art, science, curiosity, and wonder to share ideas, learn from each other, support each other, inspire each other, and have fun together in a nature’s beauty. To learn more or sign up for the newsletter and mailing list, visit