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John Muir Laws: Nature Journaling Curriculum

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Educators looking to foster engagement with the outdoors and the natural world may be interested in these two free nature journaling curricula offered by John Muir Laws, a California-based artist, naturalist, and educator. The first curriculum, Opening the World Through Nature Journaling, was created with support from the California Native Plant Society and is appropriate for audiences ages eight and up. This 96-page, standards-aligned curriculum aims to "help adults and children discover (and rediscover!) the natural world through a combination of art, writing, and science." Currently, the second edition is available to download for free (with registration), and an updated third edition is due in the coming months. Visitors will also find a link to teaching resources on field journaling with students. These resources were created by the Lawrence Hall of Science's BEETLES (Better Environmental Education, Teaching, Learning & Expertise Sharing) Project, for which Laws is an advisor. This curriculum was created with outdoor science schools in mind and aims to help program leaders learn how to use nature journaling more effectively to support their science education programs.
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Date of Scout Publication 2019-09-06
Archived Scout Publication URL https://scout.wisc.edu/report/2019/0906

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