"Journaling provides a challenge for a student to produce accurate notes that are meaningful and will always serve to be a personal resource of dependable information. With my age group it utilizes shapes and symbols for each child to easily describe what they are observing. Not only am I able to get a child to begin to understand the importance of their observations, but they are able to take all of their senses and direct their energy to focus."
Field Journaling and NGSS with Jack Laws & CIB
Learn how to become a keen observer of the wild places in your neighborhood and help students unlock a love for the natural world in the process.
Join naturalist, John "Jack" Muir Laws, and CIB educators on this two day, outdoor, journaling workshop that incorporates the new science standards. Instructors will teach you how to actively observe and ask scientific questions about the natural world through sketching and creative writing exercises, and they will help you incorporate these skills into the new science standards curriculum. This mix of art, science, and language arts as well as Jack, Jim & Samantha’s unique teaching styles will give you the confidence and skills necessary to guide your students through journaling activities in your schoolyard and beyond.
While creating your own field journal, participants will explore the beautiful habitats in Coyote Hills and Redwood Regional Parks; deepen their observational skills; learn how to accurately sketch what they see; and discuss ways to constructively critique students' work. By the end of the workshop, teachers will have the skills necessary to integrate journaling and creative writing activities into their science curriculum. All resources presented at this workshop are aligned with California science and language arts standards for grades 1-12.
To register, please click the register now button at the top of this page. Or read on for more specific details.
- Tues., August 2, 2016: 10:00am - 3:00pm - Coyote Hills Regional Park
- Wed. August 3, 2016: 10:00am - 3:00pm – Redwood Regional Park
We will be starting promptly at 10:00am. Coyote Hills is at the west end of Patterson Ranch Road/Commerce Drive in Fremont, CA. Specific directions are as follows: download them here. Parking at Coyote Hills costs $5 per vehicle and is not included in the registration fee. Redwood Regional Park is located at 7867 Redwood Road, Oakland, CA 94619
We highly encourage carpooling to our courses.
We will provide you with the following materials:
- Your own field journal
- An online link to a teacher guide with journaling and language arts exercises, including suggestions for English language learners (ELLs)
We ask that you bring the following:
- A backpack/daypack big enough for your journal and supplies
- A sharpened pencil or two
- A reusable water bottle
- Comfortable hiking shoes
- A bag lunch, we will be eating in the field
- Sun screen
- Optional: Camera & binoculars (we will have some sets of binoculars to share if you do not have your own)
- Optional: colored pencils for sketching
We will be hiking through Coyote Hills and Redwood Regional Parks. We strongly suggest that all participants are capable walkers. Remember to break in your shoes before you get there. If you are worried about hiking, start walking 20 minutes per day now and you'll be fine.
Cancellation & More Information
While registration fees are non-refundable, we understand that plans change. If you need to drop out of the course, would like more information, or are having trouble registering for the course, please e-mail our Education Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 925-631-2481.