Wild Wonder Nature Journaling Conference


Our amazing Wild Wonder teacher team features more than 30 teachers, journalers, writers, artists, and thought leaders in nature and nature journaling, including: Amy Tan, J. Drew Lanham, Jane Kim, Richard Louv, Tony Foster, and more!

Click Here to Meet Our Entire Teacher and Speaker Team

Click Here for the Class Schedule

Learn more about the Wild Wonder Conference! Read all the event details below.

Thanks to the dedicated work of our team and the generous support of our partner and sponsors, we are thrilled to offer our third annual Wild Wonder Nature Journaling Conference in 2021! The event will be 5 full days, with a rich schedule of classes, panels, lectures, nature journaling challenges, social time, journal sharing, and an online auction. Please see below for more details on the event including our amazing line up of teachers and speakers. NOTE: The best way to be sure you receive the latest updates on this event is to sign up for John Muir Laws’ mailing list here.

What is the Wild Wonder Nature Journaling Conference?
John Muir Laws and the Nature Journal Club are thrilled to partner with The Foster to host Wild Wonder Nature Journaling Conference, 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 nature’s beauty. 

Why “Wild Wonder?”
We chose this name for many reasons. We chose Wild, because nature journaling connects us with the wild of nature, and wild because we feel wild and free when we journal, and we also wanted our conference name to give a nod to poet Mary Oliver, who asked in her poem “The Summer Day”: “What is it you plan to do with our one wild and precious life?” The name includes Wonder because paying close attention to nature brings wonder as in curiosity (I wonder…?) and wonder as in awe. 

We are grateful for the generous support of our Partner and Sponsors, which helps make this event possible. We welcome additional sponsors. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please email us at wildwonderconf@gmail.com.


  • The Foster: The mission of The Foster is to unite and celebrate artist-explorer Tony Foster’s watercolor wilderness Journeys and inspire connection to art and the natural world.



The planning team is deeply grateful that so many wonderful teachers, thought leaders, and naturalists will join us for this event and share their ideas and experience with you. Click here to read bios of all of our teachers and speakers. (Note: The list of teachers and speakers is subject to change.)

  • Kristin Moreno Antonio
  • Bethan Burton
  • Robin Lee Carlson 
  • Tony Foster
  • Liz Clayton Fuller
  • Fiona Gillogly
  • Roseann Hanson
  • Brian Higganbotham
  • Wendy Hollender
  • Jane Kim
  • Mattias Lanas
  • J. Drew Lanham
  • John Muir Laws
  • Richard Louv
  • Emilie Lygren
  • Margaret Mackie
  • Kimberlee McNett
  • Yvea Moore
  • Carol Mackie Morris
  • Melinda Nakagawa
  • Marley Peifer
  • Ryan Petterson
  • Dr. Nooshin Razani
  • Mike Rhode
  • Kate Rutter
  • Amy Schleser
  • Mark Simmons
  • Erica Stephens
  • Amy Tan
  • Vitor Nuno Machado Sena Velez
  • Sterre Verbokkem
  • Karen Romano Young

Review the Class Schedule Here. We have 5 full days of classes, panels, and speakers, from approximately 8am to 9pm Pacific Time each day. The event includes 30 classes and talks. NOTE: The majority of the videos from this event will not be shared later for free. 

We have three levels of tickets, all of which include your choice of live classes, events, and social time on Wednesday through Sunday as well as our evening programs (speakers and keynote talks). It also includes unlimited access to the video archive of all the events so you can watch them all later (or again) until April 2022. The event included 30 classes and events in a schedule that will NOT feature concurrent classes, so most attendees will be able to attend most classes. If you can’t attend a class, you can watch a recording later. NOTE: Unlike most of John Muir Laws’ online classes, the majority of the videos from this event will not be shared later for free. Only paid participants will have access. 

NEW this year: 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 nature and nature journaling but may not have the financial means to attend.

NOTE: All Live passes include full access to all of the recordings after the event until April 1, 2022. Also, at checkout, there will be a small processing fee added to each ticket price.  

Pay it Forward! Live Access Conference Pass — $245  

  • This is a special LIVE ACCESS ticket that includes not only an $80 tax-deductible donation to support scholarships and subsidized tickets—you are PAYING IT FORWARD to the community—it ALSO includes a copy of The Laws Sketchbook for Nature Journaling ($22 value) AND a limited-edition Wild Wonder 2021 Conference Pencil Pouch (similar to our 2019 conference pouch, featuring a print of original art by John Muir Laws as well as other goodies, including paint sample dot cards, nature journaling tools, and more; $35 value)! ONLY 100 SKETCHBOOKS AVAILABLE; After sketchbooks are gone, this ticket will be available at a lower price.). Shipping to addresses in the US is included. Pouch and sketchbook will be mailed after the conference and by July 30.

Live Access Conference Pass

  • Early Bird Price (discounted until May 1) —$85
  • Regular Price (May 1 through June 27) — $95

Live Access Conference Pass Scholarship with two difference prices and is by application only (fill out an application HERE):

  • Discounted Price —$25
  • No Cost — (there will be a $3 admin fee)


This $65 pass, which will be available for sale on/around July 10, 2021, will give you access to the archived recordings after the event concludes, and videos will be available until April 1, 2022. Note: Those who paid for the full live conference pass will already have this access through April 1, 2022. This pass is for those who missed the live conference but want access to all the recordings. NOTE: Unlike most of John Muir Laws’ online classes, the majority of the videos from this event will not be shared later for free. Only paid participants (video pass or full pass) will have access. 


Volunteers receive a full conference pass and access to post-conference recordings. Volunteers help moderate at least 3 Zoom classes during the conference. (Zoom experience required.) If you’d like to volunteer this year, please fill out the volunteer application and our volunteer coordinator will be in touch.


Thanks to our fundraising from 2020, we are able to offer some partial scholarships for students and others in need, which reduce the conference price to $25 or $3 (including full live access and full post-conference video access). To apply for a scholarship, fill out an application here.


The Wild Wonder 2021 Online Auction Fundraiser will debut on June 23 and close on July 7. This online auction will be shared with the worldwide nature journaling community (not just conference attendees). This is a great way to promote your work, your business, your products, and/or your classes while supporting our Wild Wonder Nature Journaling Conference. (All proceeds from this auction will go toward scholarships and other support for our 2022 event.) If you would like to donate to the auction, please email details to the conference team: wildwonderconf@gmail.com. Please note: To simplify this process since this is a virtual event in the time of Covid, we asked donors of “tangible” auction items to also ship the item to the winner and cover the shipping cost (within the US only). Thank you so much!


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 the Wild Wonder Nature Journaling Conference 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 are paid for their time. Our evening speakers are also respected professionals in their fields, and we pay them for their time as well. Lastly, managing this complicated live event takes many people many hundreds of 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!


  • John Muir Laws, Creative Director
  • Beth Kelley Gillogly, Founding Director
  • Roseann Hanson, Logistics Director
  • Natalie Downe
  • Rebecca Rolnick

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Please first review our conference FAQs and see if your question is answered there. If not, please help us stay organized by not emailing John Muir Laws with your questions, comments, and suggestions for the conference. Also, please do not reach out to the leadership team members through Facebook or personal email addresses. Instead, please email the conference team at wildwonderconf@gmail.com. Thank you for your help!