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Artists in the Back Country

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on Thursday, 05 March 2009 in StoryMagician

In August of 2008, I was honored to be one of seven artists invited by Sequoia Parks Foundation to be in their "Artists in the Back Country" program. I'm the only children's author ever invited. We spent a week in the Golden Trout Wilderness of the Sierra Nevadas, California. What an adventure! My wonderful, sure-footed horse Dennis saw me through some scary times on the high trails.

On our trip was a National Geographic photographer, a fine photographer, a painter, a Hugo award winning science-fiction writer, naturalists and more. It was a wonderful group to get to know.

I now offer my "Artists in the Back Country" workshop to schools. I use my experience in the wilderness and other exotic locations to inspire students, using images and activities to encourage their appreciation and understanding of the natural world afar and near. We work on writing non-fiction, fiction, and poetry about nature in their own backyard.

In August of 2008, I was honored to be one of seven artists invited by Sequoia Parks Foundation to be in their "Artists in the Back Country" program.  I'm the only children's author ever invited.  We spent a week in the Golden Trout Wilderness of the Sierra Nevadas, California.  What an adventure!  My wonderful, sure-footed horse Dennis saw me through some scary times on the high trails.
On our trip was a National Geographic photographer, a fine photographer, a painter, a Hugo award winning science-fiction writer, naturalists and more.  It was a wonderful group to get to know.
I now offer my "Artists in the Back Country" workshop to schools.  I use my experience in the wilderness and other exotic locations to inspire students, using images and activities to encourage their appreciation and understanding of the natural world afar and near.  We work on writing non-fiction, fiction, and poetry about nature in their own backyard.
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