John Muir Laws (and Laws is his surname and not as in “rules”) is both a scientist and an artist who is a trained wildlife biologist, naturalist, and educator who passionately shares his love of the natural world through nature journaling. He teaches people in workshops and lectures, giving them the tools to improve their observation, memory and curiosity, scientific illustration, and field sketching, all while encouraging them to have fun and fall more deeply in love with the natural world.
His website John Muir Laws offers excellent nature study resources, with very practical tutorials, sketching examples, regular blog posts and helpful journaling tips. He offers free nature studies curriculums; BEETLES (Better Environmental Education, Teaching, Learning & Expertise Sharing) and CNPS Nature Journaling Curriculum Youth Training program.
His YouTube videos channels are phenomenal! He shares many of his workshops on almost every aspect of nature journaling and how to draw series. If ever your children ask, “How do I draw a bird/ leaf/ flower…?” go to John Muir Law’s YouTube tutorials!
He also has a Nature Journal Club where members go on monthly field trips in and around the Bay area, but, for those not living in the area, he encourages others to start or link their own nature journal clubs, He posts tips, techniques, and lessons learned – “Tips to help you start your own group today”
For nature journaling inspiration and practical tutorials and how to draw lessons, bookmark and enjoy these John Muir Laws links.