How to Teach Nature Journaling: Curiosity, Wonder, Attention

This title will ship on May 26, 2020.

Expanding on the philosophy and methods of The Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling, John Muir Laws and Emilie Lygren have developed the first-ever comprehensive book devoted to helping educators use nature journaling as an inspiring teaching tool to engage young people with wild places. In their workshops Laws and Lygren are often asked the how-tos of teaching nature journaling: how to manage student groups in the outdoors, teach drawing skills (especially from those who profess to have none), connect journaling to educational standards, and incorporate journaling into longer lessons. This book puts together curriculum plans, advice, and in-the-field experience so that educators of all stripes can leap into journaling with their students. The approaches are designed to work in a range of ecosystems and settings, and are suitable for classroom teachers, outdoor educators, camp counselors, and homeschooling parents. Full-color illustrations and sample journal pages from notable naturalists show how to put each lesson into practice. Field-tested by over a hundred educators, this book includes dozens of activities that easily support The Common Core and The Next Generation Science Standards—and, just as important, that will show kids and mentors alike how to recognize the wonder and intrigue in their midst.

About the Authors

John Muir LawsJohn Muir Laws is a naturalist, educator, and artist, with degrees in conservation and resource studies from the University of California, Berkeley; in wildlife biology from the University of Montana, Missoula; and in scientific illustration from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is a 2010 Audubon TogetherGreen Conservation Leadership Fellow and has received the Terwilliger Environmental Award for outstanding service in environmental education. Visit his website at www.johnmuirlaws.com.  
Educator, author, and poet Emilie Lygren grew up among oaks, scrub, and seashore in central California. She has cowritten dozens of outdoor science activities and publications with the BEETLES Project, and collaborated on The Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling with John Muir Laws. Lygren’s poetry has been published in several journals, including Askew and The English Leadership Quarterly. Overall, Lygren seeks to spark curiosity and connection through her writing and teaching. For her outdoor science work, visit beetlesproject.org. Find her poetry and other musings at emilie.lygren.com.