Testimonials

Testimonials

  • “Here is a natural way for parents and teachers to integrate the beauty and mystery of nature into the lives of children. The book itself is a work of art.”

    Richard Louv Author of Our Wild Calling and Last Child in the Woods
  • “From the beginning of time, we have been connected to nature, but for the first time in history, that connection threatens to be broken for most of an entire generation and perhaps generations to come. In this book and this work, I find hope. Laws and Lygren have created a powerful and practical resource for teachers to help children and adults discover, explore, love, and protect the natural world around them. Nature is magic, and everyone needs it.”

    Robert Bateman Artist, Naturalist, and Founder of the Bateman Foundation
  • “Nature journaling is the single most valuable tool and skill a teacher can possess and use to move the Next Generation Science Standards and environmental literacy forward in their school. You need to do this!”

    Rob Wade Science & Outdoor Education Coordinator, Plumas Unified School District/Plumas County of Education
  • “Imagine if every teacher taught nature journaling, every student spent enough time outside to fill a journal each year, and our kids were becoming writers, artists, and scientists all at once. I’d send my kid to that school. Thanks to Emilie Lygren and Jack Laws, we now have the vision and the tools to make this our reality.”

    Craig Strang Associate Director, Lawrence Hall of Science
  • “Engaging students in learning about nature is a compelling need in these turbulent times. Just as important is communicating clearly, precisely, and truthfully. Naturalists and educators John Muir Laws and Emilie Lygren help teachers achieve these goals with How to Teach Nature Journaling. This is a wonderful response to educators’ request for meaningful ways to implement contemporary standards. The book is useful, full of activities, and manageable for classroom teachers.”

    Rodger W. Bybee Executive Director, BSCS Science Learning (Retired)
  • “This book beautifully demonstrates how nature journaling is a valuable, multidimensional approach to science. Through this work, students build neural pathways that enable different brain regions to communicate with each other, resulting in more flexible thinking and creative problem solving in all areas of life. This approach to nature journaling also offers students an excellent way to learn and practice a growth mindset through nature and science.”

    Jo Boaler Professor of Education and Equity, Stanford University; author of Mathematical Mindsets and Limitless Mind
  • “The writing, the illustrations, the demonstration of an intentional, informative, and wonderfully educational approach to nature journal writing—it’s all here. From field activities with clear examples to an inquiry-based approach to learning, this book is a gem for educators, first-time journalers, and for the experienced naturalist as well. It’s art, it’s writing, it’s education, it’s science, naturally so.”

    José González Founder of Latino Outdoors
  • I have been teaching (and coaching teachers) for many years and have experienced many wonderful teachers. Emilie stood out to me. She was consistently kind, informative, inclusive, and firm with the students. I was immediately impressed with the positive relationships she had already formed with the students who most needed her to, in a very short period of time. This meant that the entire class was fully engaged whenever they were in her presence. She was very skilled at drawing out and listening closely in large group, small group and one-on-one settings, and seemed to genuinely enjoy being with the children.

    Ellen Bernstein Elementary School Teacher
  • Emilie has a special way of opening up the natural world to others and helping them find magic in the tiniest of details. She leads with gentle strength and wisdom, keen awareness of her students’ needs, and an embodiment of the practices she shares with others.She is a prompter of exploration, revealing only what’s necessary to propel curiosity further. She guides students to take ownership over their learning, and build their own relationship with the natural world.

    Alison Irwin Former Senior Naturalist, San Mateo Outdoor Education
  • Emilie Lygren is the best science educator I have had the pleasure to see in the course of my career. Her vast knowledge of the natural world combined with her passion for sharing its wonders make for exciting, fun, and deeply informative sessions. I have never seen a group of teenager's attention captured so quickly and held for so long by something as deceptively simple as a seed. She is truly a force of nature.

    Noelle Fletcher Environmental Educator and Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator, Watsonville Wetlands Watch
  • I have never seen anyone dive in so deeply and share kindness more generously than Emilie Lygren when she's helping high school students work through their emotional development. Emilie has the incredible ability to make students feel heard, respected, safe, and deeply listened to. I have seen many young people's emotional development grow exponentially after five days in her company. She possess the ability to change lives with her intelligence and kindness. Those who work with her are incredibly lucky, and better for having done so.

    Noelle Fletcher Environmental Educator and Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator, Watsonville Wetlands Watch
  • Emilie's superpower is showing people that they have the ability to understand the world around them at a very deep level using skills they already possess. She also has the ability to help people understand themselves and their interactions with others. She does this by listening deeply and asking us to, once again, use the skills we already have in order to interpret what we can know about ourselves and those around us.

    Joe Mello High School Science Teacher

Testimonials

“Here is a natural way for parents and teachers to integrate the beauty and mystery of nature into the lives of children. The book itself is a work of art.”
—Richard Louv, author of Our Wild Calling and Last Child in the Woods

“The writing, the illustrations, the demonstration of an intentional, informative, and wonderfully educational approach to nature journal writing—it’s all here. From field activities with clear examples to an inquiry-based approach to learning, this book is a gem for educators, first-time journalers, and for the experienced naturalist as well. It’s art, it’s writing, it’s education, it’s science, naturally so.”
—José González, Founder of Latino Outdoors

“This book beautifully demonstrates how nature journaling is a valuable, multidimensional approach to science. Through this work, students build neural pathways that enable different brain regions to communicate with each other, resulting in more flexible thinking and creative problem solving in all areas of life. This approach to nature journaling also offers students an excellent way to learn and practice a growth mindset through nature and science.”
—Jo Boaler, Professor of Education and Equity, Stanford University; author of Mathematical Mindsets and Limitless Mind

“Engaging students in learning about nature is a compelling need in these turbulent times. Just as important is communicating clearly, precisely, and truthfully. Naturalists and educators John Muir Laws and Emilie Lygren help teachers achieve these goals with How to Teach Nature Journaling. This is a wonderful response to educators’ request for meaningful ways to implement contemporary standards. The book is useful, full of activities, and manageable for classroom teachers.”
—Rodger W. Bybee, Executive Director, BSCS Science Learning (Retired)

“Imagine if every teacher taught nature journaling, every student spent enough time outside to fill a journal each year, and our kids were becoming writers, artists, and scientists all at once. I’d send my kid to that school. Thanks to Emilie Lygren and Jack Laws, we now have the vision and the tools to make this our reality.”
—Craig Strang, Associate Director, Lawrence Hall of Science

“Nature journaling is the single most valuable tool and skill a teacher can possess and use to move the Next Generation Science Standards and environmental literacy forward in their school. You need to do this!”
—Rob Wade, Science & Outdoor Education Coordinator, Plumas Unified School District/Plumas County of Education

“From the beginning of time, we have been connected to nature, but for the first time in history, that connection threatens to be broken for most of an entire generation and perhaps generations to come. In this book and this work, I find hope. Laws and Lygren have created a powerful and practical resource for teachers to help children and adults discover, explore, love, and protect the natural world around them. Nature is magic, and everyone needs it.”
–Robert Bateman, artist, naturalist, and founder of the Bateman Foundation