New Projects and Publications


Workshop leader, National Storytelling Network, EarthUp Conference, April, 2021 Nature in Motion: Capturing Sense of Place in a Journal.” Learn how to capture sense of place in a Nature Journal – with outside activities and breakout room discussions.

Community Works Institute Online Journal  feature storyEmerging Opportunities in Nature Education
Contributor, National COVID-19 Outdoor Learning Initiative. Features online publications and resources for learning outside.  Visit to view resources
New Book Releases:
  • Inspired by John Muir, A Guide to Studying Nature, Capturing our Stories and Advocating for Wild Places 
  • What Song does the Rain Sing? A Creative Writing Journal for kids.  Visit Nature Detectives website to learn more.
Mornings of Fair Oaks Bridge podcasts

New series of 15 podcasts featuring selections from the beginning to the final entry in the book.

El Malpais NCA Ranger Station Interpretive Panels

Write a series of panels describing natural and cultural history of this monument to the Native American people of New Mexico.

Executive Summary, Land Trust of Santa Barbara Strategic Plan

Highlights and photos of the new 2020-2025 Strategic plan

Guest blogger, “Beauty for All” website.

Published in August 2019, this blog highlights the scenic beauty and history of the Lower American River flowing through the suburban areas of Sacramento.

Nature Detectives Leader Discovery Guides

The series of five Nature Detectives Discovery Guides present a complete list of activities and supplies arranged in seasonal themes with tips on how to work with young children when introducing them to outdoor experiences at school, in their neighborhood or nature-based site.

Mornings on Fair Oaks Bridge; Watching Wildlife at the Lower American River

Blogs assembled into new book featuring 75 blog posts, more than 100 full color photographs, history of Fair Oaks, Fair Oaks Bluffs, Fair Oaks Bridge and American River Parkway as background for this iconic crossing of the American River. Visit Facebook page for dates of readings and other activities.

North Country National Scenic Trail: From East to West, the Peoples and the Stories.  

North Country Trail, map, projects, NPS, National Park ServiceNarrative text for primary website ~ Write nine brief narratives to describe each region. The trail crosses seven states and 4,600 miles. Summarize history of diverse population settlements, birth and development of major industries, recreation opportunities, and key individuals who made significant contributions to the region.  Collaboration with prime contractor who developed the Interpretive Master Plan for National Park Service.

Inside Sacramento Neighbor Profile

Nature Detectives, feature article, Janice Kelley, nature, outdoors, writingNeighbor profile published in Inside Sacramento. Highlights Janice’s launch of Nature Detectives outdoor exploration program in schools and neighborhoods.