Wild Wonder Nature Journaling Conference

We are thrilled to announce dates and location for the second annual Wild Wonder Nature Journaling Conference: August 27-30, 2020, at the Mott Training Center on the campus of Asilomar in Pacific Grove, CA (the same very popular location as in 2019). The event will be 4 full days this year, with a rich schedule of classes, field trips, lectures, and social time. Please see below for more details on the event including our amazing line up of teachers and speakers. We will share more details in March, and registration will open later this Spring. NOTE: The best way to be sure you receive the latest updates on the event is to sign up for John Muir Laws’ mailing list here. If you have any questions or suggestions, please direct them to the Wild Wonder planning team

What is the Wild Wonder Nature Journaling Conference?
John Muir Laws and the Nature Journal Club are thrilled 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 a nature’s beauty.  The first Wild Wonder was held in 2019. 

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 your 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. 

Click here to see info from Wild Wonder 2019, including schedule, teachers, photos, and videos.

Wild Wonder 2020 Teachers and Speakers 
The planning team is deeply grateful that so many wonderful teachers, thought leaders, and naturalists are able to join us for this event and share their ideas and experience with you. Check out this partial list below and we are adding more names soon!  (Note: The list of teachers is subject to change.)

Prices, Housing, Meals
The 2020 price for the conference will be announced in Spring 2020. It will include your choice of classes and field trips on Thursday through Sunday as well as our evening Journal Socials (with appetizers and drinks), and our Evening Programs (welcome speakers, and keynote talks). Your ticket will not include any meals or housing for the conference. (FYI, we may have a conference dinner this year, and if so, it will be an extra add-on item.) We were not able to arrange a block of rooms for the event at a discounted price, but Asilomar has specials on rooms sometimes. Also check out the Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce for ideas on local housing and restaurants, and you also might check out Airbnb and VRBO for local rentals). NOTE: If you live in the area and have housing to offer, please email us at wildwonderconf@gmail.com as we are in need of donated housing for teachers and staff. 

Registration Update
Registration will open in Spring 2020. Subscribe to John Muir Laws’ newsletter to receive all the latest updates first. Those who purchase conference tickets first will be the first to be able to choose classes. You will be able to change your selections before the conference as long as the session you want to join has room. We anticipate a sold-out event as we had in our first year.

Discounted Tickets: Students, Scholarships, and Volunteers
We will have a limited number of discounted tickets for students (high school and college), as well as partial scholarships for those who can volunteer during the conference. If you are willing to volunteer during the conference, please email us at wildwonderconf@gmail.com and let us know which day you can volunteer and what you might like to do. Volunteers will be doing a variety of tasks such as helping set up and clean up rooms, assisting conference staff, helping to set up or clean up at Journal Socials, etc. You will be unavailable for classes and field trips on that day but can attend the rest of the conference for a reduced price. Thanks to our raffle ticket fundraising from 2019, we will also have a limited number of need-based partial scholarships. Please email us at wildwonderconf@gmail.com if you are in need of a scholarship, and we will do our best to help you.

Children at the Conference
While we all love having children involved in nature journaling, this conference is aimed at adults and will have limited seating in classrooms and on field trips. Regrettably, we cannot accommodate young children (12 and under) as they would be taking up seats for conference attendees, and they may also have a hard time sitting still or keeping quiet for several hours. Also, our insurance prohibits any person under 18 to attend without a parent/guardian also in attendance (meaning both would have to purchase tickets and attend the same classes and field trips so that the minor is always under supervision). We have set aside a few student tickets for high school and college-aged attendees at a discounted rate. In future years we hope to add child-focused classes and ways for whole families to attend. Thank you for understanding! (Note: If you have an avid nature journaler who is younger than high school age who really wants to attend the conference, please email us at wildwonderconf@gmail.com and we may be able to make an exception.) 

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Questions, Comments, Suggestions?
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