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Nature Journaling

Attention, Curiosity, and Creativity

We live in a world of beauty and wonder. Train your mind to see deeply and with intentional curiosity, and the world will open before you. Keeping a journal of your observations, questions, and reflections will enrich your experiences and develop gratitude, reverence, and the skills of a naturalist. The goal of nature journaling is not to create a portfolio of pretty pictures but to develop a tool to help you see, wonder, and remember your experiences. You can learn to do this. You do not need to be an artist or a naturalist. These are skills you will develop as you go. The time to begin is now.

Learn how to open the world through nature journaling with your family, students, or your own practice. Author and educator John Muir Laws will lead a full day interactive seminar that will inspire you and give you the skills to open your own journal and lead journaling activities with children. In this workshop you will:

  • Build curiosity and creativity while deepening your connection with nature and developing art skills.

  • Learn why 'talent and gift' are destructive myths that stifle your growth.

  • Discover ways to sharpen your observation and memory.

  • Practice skills that expand your journaling capacity and enjoyment.

  • Discover drawing tricks that help you get the essentials down on paper.

  • Participate in activities you can lead with children to build journaling skills step by step.

  • Have fun outdoors integrating science, art, nature study, and gratitude.

The Power of Story
About the Presente

About the Presenter

John Muir Laws

Naturalist, educator, and artist John (Jack) Muir Laws is in love with the natural world and has lived his life sharing this passion with others. He is trained as a wildlife biologist and is a Research Associate of the California Academy of Sciences. Jack has taught nature education since 1984 in California, Wyoming, and Alaska. He teaches the tools to help people develop as naturalists and stewards including, ways to improve your observation, memory and curiosity, conservation biology, natural history, scientific illustration, and field sketching all while having fun and falling more deeply in love with the world. In 2009, he received the Terwilliger Environmental Award for outstanding service in Environmental Education. He is a 2010 TogetherGreen Conservation Leadership Fellow with the National Audobon Society. He was the 2011 artist for International Migratory Bird Day. Laws has written and illustrated books about art and natural history including The Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling (2016), The Laws Guide to Drawing Birds (2012), Sierra Birds: a Hiker's Guide (2004), The Laws Guide to the Sierra Nevada (2007), and The Laws Pocket Guide to the San Francisco Bay Area (2009). He is a regular contributor to Bay Nature magazine with his "Naturalists Notebook" column. He is the primary author and editor of the curriculum: Opening the world through Nature Journaling. This free teaching guide is kid tested and teacher approved and integrates science, language arts, and visual arts through keeping a nature journal. He is the founder and host of the Bay Area Nature Journal Club, monthly free nature sketching workshops, field trips and events, connecting people with nature through art.

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  • Salt Lake City, UT
    Wed, Aug 29
    Red Butte Gardens
    Aug 29, 2018, 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
    Red Butte Gardens, 300 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, UT 84108, USA
  • Salt Lake City, UT
    Tue, Aug 28
    Red Butte Gardens
    Aug 28, 2018, 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
    Red Butte Gardens, 300 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, UT 84108, USA


The Joy in Nature Workshop


Price per person

Choose from Tuesday, August 28, or Wednesday, August 29.

Red Butte Gardens

300 Wakara Way

Salt Lake City, Utah

(near the University of Utah)

Registration opens at 9:00 a.m. in the Orangerie. 

Session 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (park is open until 9:00 p.m.)

Dress comfortable -- much of the day will be spent outdoors in the gardens nature journaling.

Your registration includes your admission to the garden. 

Bring a sack lunch. Please note: We have received special permission to bring lunches on the condition that we take all of our garbage out of the park.


Bring whatever nature journaling supplies you enjoy working with. If you are new, John recommends the following:

  • Pentel large fine point water brush

  • Pencil sharpener

  • Pens/drawing pencils

  • Col-erase non photo blue pencil

Children over the age of 12 are welcome but will need to pay full registration. This age cutoff is per John's recommendation.

If you have mature children who are younger than this, and you think they can handle the long day, you may register them at your discretion.

Babes in arms are also permitted, but keep in mind this is a hands-on workshop.

Tickets are transferable but not refundable.

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