Sierra Nevada Conservancy

history writing, Sierra Nevada, gold rush, mining, California historical landmark, portfolioResearched and wrote a series of more than 100 historic narratives (i.e. museums, historic sites, wineries, battlefields and homes) posted on the sierranevadageotourism website. Select California State Historical Landmark Argonaut & Kennedy Mine to read one of the profiles.

This site, in partnership with National Geographic, features hundreds of postings that highlight the distinctive character of the Sierra Nevada region – including parks, recreation areas, restaurants, specialty retail and gifts, art galleries, historic sites, trails, wineries and other points of interest.

The goal is to enhance the visitor experience while creating an understanding of the environmental, economic and societal impacts of the Sierra Nevada region on California.


Writer & Editor

Discover MagazineWriter & Editor, Discover magazine published by the Sacramento Bee. Wrote feature stories, assigned stories to writers and photographers and proofread regional lifestyle magazine before going to press.

Other credits includes publication of more than 100 feature stories in regional and statewide magazines with a focus on recreation, lifestyle, education, the arts and health.

California Arts Council – Economic Impact of the Arts

California Arts Council, Communities Tell Their StoriesResearcher & Writer – Interview arts leaders and champions statewide to develop a series of feature stories published in Western City and California Counties.   The stories were later expanded into a booklet distributed statewide.  Click here to download, “Cultural Planning.”

        ~Economic Impact of the Arts

       ~Art in Public Places

       ~Building Community Partnerships, and

    ~Cultural Planning


City of Rocklin Annual Calendar

community historyResearcher & Writer – The City of Rocklin chose to develop its annual report to the community as an illustrated calendar to highlight city departments,  services, volunteers and events to describe the character of this family oriented community. Janice selected themes for the pages, conducted interviews and worked closely with the graphic designer on layout and production.


John Muir National Historic Site Research & Field Trip Curriculum

John Muir, field trip curriculum, experience, schools, children, fourth grade, third grade“Nothing goes unrecorded. Every word of leaf and snowflake and particle of dew… as well as earthquake and avalanche, is written down in Nature’s book.”

John Muir National Historic Site research and field trip curriculum includes the following parts.

  • Land ownership history beginning with the original purchase of the ranch to its establishment as a national park.
  • History of early California agriculture and urbanization of Martinez (location of ranch).
  • Area demographics and related area resources and programs.
  • Historical profile of John Muir’s life, his connection to the Strentzel-Muir Ranch and description of the natural and cultural resources of the site. The profile is intended to be used as an orientation guide for docents and new interpretive staff.
  • Curriculum meets Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards 
    • Inquiry-based lessons to orient students to John Muir’s life,
    • Hands on opportunities for site-based field studies and thematic ranger led tours, and
    • Classroom and out of school projects that engage students in learning about community history and modern day Muirs; and practice advocacy and environmental stewardship.

Did you know?

John Muir has places and things named for him all over the world.