Wild Wonder Nature Journaling Teachers Conference

Join John Muir Laws and Emilie Lygren–co-authors of the book How to Teach Nature Journaling–as well as other nature journaling educators from around the world for a two-day live online workshop, June 21-22, 2021, before the Wild Wonder Nature Journaling Conference. You will come away from this workshop empowered with best practices and practical tools for teaching nature journaling, and you will be prepared to put them into practice with your students.

The goals of this workshop are to help educators:

  1. Understand the fundamental principles and practices of nature journaling and be able to communicate its value to students;
  2. Understand how nature journaling reinforces language arts, visual arts, math, science, social-emotional learning, and more;
  3. Feel empowered with the tools and confidence to teach nature journaling in your own setting, whether that’s homeschool, adult education, a traditional classroom, or online learning;
  4. Learn how to give appropriate feedback that reinforces a growth mindset;
  5. Experience nature journaling activities specifically adapted for online teaching; and
  6. Connect with and learn from other nature journaling teachers.


Please read below for complete details, pricing, and speaker bios.


This workshop is for anyone who is teaching in any form. This includes formal classroom educators, but also homeschool parents, park rangers, adult education instructors, nature centers, scout leaders, environmental educators, and more. Beginners are welcome. Even if you haven’t taught yet, but you love nature journaling and would like to teach, we would love to have you!


Speakers and teachers include John Muir Laws, Emilie Lygren, Rob Wade, and Anne Stephens. Review the speaker bios at the bottom of this page. Class schedule will be posted soon, but it will run for 2 days from 8:30am to 8:30pm Pacific Time, with lots of breaks. Each day will start with a lesson about a specific nature journaling tool. This will be followed by time for field work to try out the activity and apply what you learned in the class. We’ll meet back up in breakout rooms to discuss the activity and how we might modify it or apply it to our learning situations. Then we will gather as a group to share our insights.

The afternoon and evening will have more classes, more breakout rooms, a social meetup, and a keynote speaker. The day will end with a post-keynote “backstage pass” interactive discussion.


This event will be run as a large Zoom meeting (as opposed to a webinar), to encourage interaction. There will be frequent opportunities for discussion, breakout rooms, networking, and idea sharing. NOTE: After you register, you will receive an email approximately 1 week before the event with links for the event as well as other resources. 


Registration will open soon. We have tiered ticket pricing. Our community is built on trust and love, and we want to make this event as accessible as possible. We invite you to register for the price you can afford. When you choose to register at the Pay It Forward price, you are enabling someone else to attend who is passionate about teaching nature journaling but may not have the financial means to attend.

  • Pay It Forward Live Pass: $75
    This is a special LIVE ACCESS ticket that includes a $40 tax-deductible donation to support scholarships and subsidized tickets—you are PAYING IT FORWARD to the community.
  • Regular Live Pass: $35
    This is a LIVE ACCESS ticket that includes full access to all the events during the live, 2-day event as well as select recordings after the event until April 1, 2022. 
  • Video Pass: $20
    This Video Pass ticket will give you access to select recordings after the event until April 1, 2022. Please note that some sessions, such as Breakout Room discussions, will not be recorded and shared. 


  • All Live passes include full access to all the events during the live, 2-day event as well as select recordings after the event until April 1, 2022. 
  • Also, at checkout, there will be a small processing fee added to each ticket price.   
  • After you register, you will receive an email approximately 1 week before the event with links for the event as well as other resources.


Although we cannot run this event for free, we want it to be accessible for as many educators as possible. We are able to provide a limited number of Scholarship Tickets (a $10 ticket, and a free ticket). If you cannot afford the Regular ticket price and would like to be considered, apply here. 

  • $10 Scholarship Ticket (you are agreeing that if approved, you can pay a reduced ticket price of $10) 
  • Free Ticket 


  • Will I get a discount on the Teacher Workshop if I also sign up for the main Wild Wonder Nature Journaling Conference? 
    • No. This is a separate event from the Wild Wonder Nature Journaling Conference and there is no discount for either event if you purchase both. We are charging as little as possible for these events while still being able to pay our presenters and organizers. 
  • Why isn’t this event free? 
    • There are many free nature journaling classes available in our community, including many taught by John Muir Laws (including hundreds of recordings available on his blog). One of the key goals of this event is to publicize and support the development of more nature journaling teachers across the US and around the world, and in that spirit, all of our teachers and speakers are paid for their time. Also, managing this live event takes many people many hours, and our event team is also paid for their time. Your ticket cost helps support all of the members of this community who work hard to bring you this event, and it also raises money for others to attend our event for a reduced cost. Thank you for your support!
  • Will there be a video pass of the event available? 
    • Portions of this event will be recorded and those who purchase a ticket can watch the videos until April 1, 2022. Please purchase the Video Pass if you’d like this option. Please note that some sessions, such as Breakout Room discussions, will not be recorded and shared.
  • Can I get continuing education credit?
    • We can offer a letter indicating you have completed the course, but we are not able to offer certified continuing education credits (CEUs) at this time. We hope to be able to offer this in future years of this event.


Contact: wildwonderconf@gmail.com 


John Muir (Jack) Laws is a scientist, educator, and author who helps people forge a deeper and more personal connection with nature through keeping illustrated nature journals and understanding science. Jack has kept nature journals since he was a child. Being dyslexic, Jack struggled in school. He found his place and delight in learning through spending time in nature and keeping notebooks of his observations, discoveries, and adventures. Trained as a wildlife biologist and scientific illustrator, he now observed the world with rigorous attention and awe. He looks for mysteries, plays with ideas, and seeks connection in all he sees. He has found that attention, observation, curiosity, and creative thinking are not gifts, but instead are skills that grow with training and deliberate practice. As an educator and author, Jack shares ways to make these skills a part of everyday life. More info.

Emilie Lygren is an educator, facilitator, and poet committed to building a more connected and just world. Throughout her career, Emilie has intentionally cultivated a broad range of teaching skills and expertise in curriculum development, science education, social emotional learning, discussion facilitation, learning theory, outdoor leadership, and culturally responsive teaching practices. Emilie has coauthored dozens of publications and curricula focused on outdoor science education with the BEETLES Project at the Lawrence Hall of Science, and has published poems in several literary journals. Connection is at the foundation of Emilie’s work in science education, poetry, and outdoor learning. Through her writing and teaching, Emilie offers practices of authenticity, awareness, and curiosity, and she strives to bring people into deeper relationship with themselves, their communities, and the natural world. More info.

Anne Stephens is an assistant professor in the Department of Science Education at California State University, Chico, and Director of the Inland Northern California Science Project. She is currently serving as Principal Investigator for a Cohort 11 California Mathematics and Science Partnership Grant, Science and Environmental Engineering for Secondary (SEES) with the Tehama County Department of Education. Prior to joining the faculty at CSUC, she spent five years as a consultant in the STEM Office at the California Department of Education, where she served as the statewide coordinator for the California Regional Environmental Education Community (CREEC) Network. More info.

Rob Wade is a place-based educator working in the Upper Feather River region of California’s northern Sierra Nevada. As the Outdoor Education and Science Coordinator for the Plumas County Office of Education (PCOE) since 1995, he has designed, developed and implemented successful and sustainable K-12 programs in the region, built upon strategic partnership with over 32 agencies and organizations. These partnerships also allowed the 2016 launch of an NGSS K-12 strategy that took outdoor education and stewardship mainstream. Outdoor Core Mountain Kid is a K-12 collaborative that supports every teacher to integrate authentic weekly outdoor learning adventures for every student as part of a year long local theme centered on inquiry and stewardship. Field journaling is a foundational skill and activity for every student and every grade level. Rob has a BS from the University of California-Berkeley in Conservation & Resource Studies and an MA from the School of Education at the University of San Francisco. In addition to his regional work in California, Rob is a national facilitator and consultant supporting K-12 program development. Rob is the 2017 recipient of the Excellence in Environmental Education Award, presented by the California Environmental Education Foundation and a 2020 recipient of the Environmental Law Institute’s National Wetland Award. More info.