Wild Wonder: Nature Journaling Conference 2019

Thursday Sep 12 2019 - Sunday Sep 15 2019 
William Penn Mott Jr. Training Center  , Pacific Grove, CA  map





This multiday event will gather 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.

The program begins Thursday with 4:30–6:30 p.m. check-in and an evening program from 8:00–9:30. From Friday through Sunday there will be classroom sessions and field trips, all of which will be available for registration (Eventbrite will connect registrants with Sched.com, so you can manage your own classes and waitlists; note that you must register for classes, you cannot just show up, due to limited availability). Nearly 20 instructors and nature guides will be presenting at 80+ session-hours of programs and field trips!


The planning team is deeply grateful that so many wonderful teachers and naturalists are able to join us for this event and share their ideas and experience with you.

  • Deb Brady
  • Andrea Dingeldein
  • Stephanie A. Dole
  • Christine Elder
  • Fiona Gillogly
  • Catherine Hamilton
  • Roseann Hanson
  • Hannah Hinchman
  • Obi Kaufmann
  • Mattias Lanas
  • John Muir Laws
  • Clare Walker Leslie
  • Emilie Lygren
  • Abby McBride
  • Marley Peifer
  • Mark Simmons
  • Emily Underwood
  • Laurie Wigham
  • David Wimpfheimer

$385 per person, with some discounts available for students/volunteers; register on Eventbrite. Click here for more information about the conference.

Obi KaufmannGrowing up in the East Bay as the son of an astrophysicist and a psychologist, Obi Kaufmann spent most of high school practicing calculus and breaking away on weekends to scramble around Mount Diablo and map its creeks, oak forests, and sage mazes. Into adulthood, he would regularly journey into the mountains, spending more summer nights without a roof than with one. For Kaufmann, the epic narrative of the California backcountry holds enough art, science, mythology, and language for a hundred field atlases to come. When he is not backpacking, you can find the painter-poet at his desk in Oakland, posting @coyotethunder #trailpaintings on social media. His website is www.coyoteandthunder.com.
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.