The Nature Journal Connection

New Educational Video Series with John Muir Laws

Coming Fall 2020

In partnership with the Children’s Creativity Museum in San Francisco, I am working with a team to produce a series of 40 FREE 15-min recorded nature journaling workshops featuring fun and engaging activities that build the skills of a scientist, naturalist, artist, and observer. The goal is to release one each week throughout the school year, starting soon! Appropriate for children of all ages as well as adults, this program will connect science, language arts, math, visual arts, critical thinking, and mindfulness.

My hope is that everyone around the world–from school teachers and their students, to homeschoolers, to parents and their children, to all adults–will enjoy these free workshops and use them to explore nature, take time to notice the wonder and beauty all around us, and fall more deeply in love with nature through the pages of their journals. 

The workshops will help you build the essential nature journaling skills. Once you have gone through the series, you can rewatch the videos with a new teacher in a new year. You will pick up details that you missed before and can try the prompts with a new phenomenon. Your journal page will be totally different than what you did before. As you look through your journals from previous years, you will see the many ways you have grown and developed as a journaler, observer, and scientist. 

Great for

  • Students
  • Teachers
  • Homeschool parents
  • Homeschool students
  • Everyone

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What ages are these workshops for?

The Nature Journal Connection classes are designed for a wide range of ages and experience levels. These workshops are appropriate for learners ages 7 to adult. Because the activities are based on observations of real phenomena and teach fundamental observation and science practices, I use the same activities with 2nd graders and university students. Younger students (ages 5-6) can also do the activities but will need more support with writing. It is OK for them to dictate words to an adult who can add them to the journal. Toddlers can begin nature journaling as soon as they can hold a pencil. At the start, they may be playing with color and patterns while watching you work in your journal. As they develop eye-hand coordination and fine motor skills, they will be ready and inspired to do more.

Please Support This Series

I am producing these videos and offering them for free to help support nature journaling and educators all over the world. If you are able to support my work with a donation, you may donate online here.