Bring the benefits of creativity & nature connection into your life!
Here in the world of Wings, Worms, and Wonder, I guide your creative nature connection journey through nature art journaling & organic gardening!
I’m Kelly Johnson, artist, author, and creative garden guide.
My passion is helping enthusiastic gardeners & journalers like you grow
nature inspired art journal routines & gardens one seed at a time.
My grandparents taught me how to garden when I was a child, & I’ve been making art as long as I can remember.
So when I became a Montessori teacher, I wanted to provide the same creative nature connection experiences for my students.
After 10 years of gardening and nature journaling in a school setting, I decided to grow my focus to guide wider audiences and so the world of Wings, Worms, and Wonder was born in 2010!
Along the way, I began calling myself a “creative nature connection guide.”
Much like an adventure guide, I help you discover your
perfect path to nature inspired artistic success by meeting your needs as gardener, art journaler, or both in practical and creative processes based ways.
Here on my website, you’re on the right path to spark wonder and creativity! Check out my blog for lots of creative nature connections tips, tricks, ideas, and activities!
Then, explore my books & eCourses!
They provide a fun, inspiring, & realistic ways to tap into both your creative side & your green thumb as you journey into nature journaling & gardening!
And finally, be sure to check out my art to provide you with pops of nature inspiration to adorn your everyday!
The past 16 years teaching children and adults in many environments inspired me to delve into this work of reconnecting humans and nature.
I had a childhood grounded in nature and an adolescence focused on environmental and social responsibility. These experiences heavily influenced my life as a creative nature connection guide.
I draw from the work and philosophies of progressive educators such as Montessori, Steiner, Dewey, Ferrer, Sobel, and the historic Nature-Study educators. I am propelled to arts based nature connection action by my own experiences with the modern society’s disconnection from the natural environment.
I earned a BFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 1998, with a major in photography and a minor in art history. Since graduating from SCAD, I have been creating and exhibiting my own fine art & craft in intimate settings.
I received my Montessori 6-9 teaching certification from The American Montessori Society in 2004.
In 2012, I earned an MA with a concentration in Environmental Studies from Goddard College and self published Wings, Worms, and Wonder: A Guide for Creatively Integrating Gardening and Outdoor Learning Into Children’s Lives!
Beyond inspiring humans around the world through my books, nature inspired items, online journaling classes, blog, consultations, workshops, presentations, I also teach regular children’s gardening and journal classes locally in Neptune Beach, Florida.
Through the DIG Local Network, a non-profit for which I was education director for 4 years, I develop and facilitate programming for 3 community children’s gardens. I also teach Little Gardener workshops for toddlers at local Eco-play space Bay & Bee, teach nature journaling and children’s gardening workshops for the University of North Florida, & created and advise the Nature-Study Program for Montessori Tides School.
Since leaving the classroom full time in 2010, I’ve taught arts based school garden integration & nature journaling in the University of Richmond’s Nature and Sustainability Institute, and many schools, garden clubs, bookstores, art stores, and more from Florida to New York to Hawaii.
I also present my work at international conferences including: the Association for Experiential Education International, North American Association for Environmental Education International, Green Schools National Network, American Montessori Society, The Montessori Foundation, the Maine Montessori Association, the League of Environmental Educators of Florida, and the Florida Learn Green conferences.
Are you ready to jump into your creative nature connection adventure? A world of wonder, creativity, peace, and joy await right outside your door, & I’m ready to guide you!