Wild Wonder Nature Journaling Conference


Save the Dates for the Fourth Annual Wild Wonder Nature Journaling Conference: September 14-18, 2022.

Thanks to the dedicated work of our team and the generous support of our partner and sponsors, we are thrilled to offer our fourth annual Wild Wonder Nature Journaling Conference, September 14-18, 2022! The online event will be 5 full days, with a rich schedule of classes, panels, lectures, nature journaling challenges, social time, journal sharing, and an auction. Please see below for more details on the event and we will be adding more information here as it becomes available. If you would like to TEACH or VOLUNTEER at this event, please click the links below to fill out the online application.

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Our teacher application for 2022 is now closed. We are grateful to the many people who applied!

APPLY TO VOLUNTEER AT WILD WONDER 2022

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. See below for details from our 2021 event.

THANK YOU TO OUR WILD WONDER 2022 PARTNER AND SPONSORS
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.

PARTNER

  • 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.

SPONSORS

WILD WONDER 2021 DETAILS

Our amazing 2021 Wild Wonder teacher team featured 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! The planning team is deeply grateful that so many wonderful teachers, thought leaders, and naturalists joined us for the 2021 event and shared their ideas and experience with you. Click here to read bios of all of our teachers and speakers.

CLASS SCHEDULE
Review the Wild Wonder 2021 Class Schedule Here. We had 5 full days of classes, panels, and speakers. The event included 30 classes and talks.

VIDEO PASS

The Wild Wonder 2021 Video Pass was a ticket for access to the archived recordings after the event concludes, and videos are available to those who purchased the video pass until June 1, 2022. Note: For those who purchased the full live conference ticket, your ticket already includes this access. 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. 

WILD WONDER 2021 ONLINE AUCTION FUNDRAISER

The Wild Wonder 2021 Online Auction Fundraiser went live on June 23 and closed on July 5. We are grateful to the many community members who donated to support this fundraiser! Thank you so much!

WHY ISN’T WILD WONDER 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 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!

THANK YOU TO OUR WILD WONDER 2022 PLANNING TEAM!

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

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QUESTIONS, COMMENTS, SUGGESTIONS?

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!