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NightSchool: Field Guide to Field Guides
What’s in a field guide? The perfect mix of science, art, and a whole lot of revision. Join us for a look into the history and present of these intricate, stunningly illustrated nature-ID’ers.
How did people look things up when they didn’t know what they were called—especially before the internet? Dr. Sara Scharf shares about the origins of botanical field guides: a story blending histories of botany, limits of printing technology, universal language movements, books written on dares, religious and educational philosophy, and more, all before evolution by natural selection was even discussed.
Field guides make knowledge of plants and animals accessible, but they also can document rich science, local knowledge, and cultural stories. Alicia Diaz, Field Guides Coordinator with the Field Museum’s Keller Science Action Center, walks us through the incredible collection of Field Museum Field Guides—and ways you can make and use your own field guide.
At the heart of field guides lies curiosity and close observation. Naturalist, artist, and educator John Muir Laws shares his process of creating and painting the California Academy of Sciences Field Guide to the Sierra Nevada. From spending hours in the field creating illustrations to ensuring an effective and easy-to-use book layout, the final field guide reflects the story of collaborating with scientists and nature-lovers alike to create this place-specific nature catalog.
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