Arizona Game and Fish Department: How to Teach Scientific Notebooks and Nature Journaling…Even if you Can’t Draw

Nature journaling. Field notes. Scientific notebooks. All of these are excellent ways to document observations and thoughts about nature and wildlife. But what is the difference? And how can we best incorporate these techniques into classroom instruction? And what if you can’t draw? Can you still make scientific drawings? Can you still teach students to make them?

Join educators from the Arizona Game and Fish Department as we explore the answers to these questions and more. Participants will dive into actual historic journals and notebooks as they learn techniques to bring this skill to their own students.

Over the course of the workshop, participants will:

– Engage in classroom-friendly educational activities that will model teaching instruction while also increasing science content knowledge.
– Reflect on current and new learning and discuss implications for future teaching.
– Receive activities and resources to be used back in the classroom.

Please read all of the information below to have a better understanding of what to expect during this workshop.

Activities have been designed with the new Arizona science standards in mind. In addition to the general science content (DCIs), we will also address relevant Crosscutting Concepts (e.g., patterns, structure and function) and the Science and Engineering Practices (e.g., obtaining, evaluating and communicating information). We will explore the use of phenomena to drive student exploration and engagement.

The activities will cover a variety of grade levels throughout K-12. Educators of all grades and types are welcome to attend.

Participants will receive numerous resources and a certificate for 5.5 hours of professional development credit.

This workshop will take place at the Hirsch Conservation Education Area located within the Ben Avery Shooting Facility (BASF). BASF is located near I-17 and Carefree Highway in north Phoenix. Most of the time will be spent indoors in a typical classroom/workshop setting. However, it is possible that some time may be spent in the desert-like area located onsite.

The fees for this workshop will cover the expenses necessary to run the program as well as all resources that will be provided to the participants. Unfortunately, this does not include food. Participants are responsible for their own lunch and snacks. Adequate time (30-60 minutes) will be provided for participants to get lunch nearby. They can also bring lunch in a cooler or similar carrier if they prefer.

This is an in-person event. Registration in this program has been limited to address physical distancing needs that some may have. Individual participants are welcome to wear masks is they wish. Hand sanitizer will be made available.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department reserves the right to cancel this program, change venues or update safety and wellness protocols as necessary. The cancellation policy has been updated to permit participants to cancel up to 18 hours prior to the program.

Space is extremely limited and registration is required. Spots will be filled on a “first to register” basis. If all spots are filled, additional registrations will be added to a waiting list. The waiting list will be used to fill any spots that result from a cancellation.

Please complete the form below to register. Registered participants will receive additional information as we get closer to the event.

About the Location

When you enter the facility turn right before you get to the main range toward the indoor range building. Drive past the fishing pond (Biscuit Tank) to the right around the rifle bays. You will pass the Conservation Education Building on your way to the Hunter Education Building.

  • Audience: Educator, Teachers & Educators
  • Genre: Arts, Culture & Social Science, Field Sciences
  • Type: Professional Development, Workshop


Apr 15 2023


9:00 am - 3:00 pm

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