About Janice

Janice Kelley, writer, interpretation, education, programs, nature, outdoor world


        “When others see a place, I listen for its stories.  When others see plants and trees, I watch life in motion. I invite people to be curious and ask questions, to inspire active participation and in turn, gain a better understanding of our relationship to the outdoor world.”

Janice is an accomplished and award-winning writer, editor, interpretive naturalist, program director and workshop leader. Her experience combines work in the arts, literacy, health, recreation, science, and conservation. Her creative and engaging style stimulates the imagination and interest of all ages.

Accomplishments include work with: 

  • KVIE- Channel 6 (PBS)
  • Western City and Discover magazine
  • Sacramento Bee
  • Comstock’s magazine
  • University of California, Davis
  • University of California, ANR – Sustainable Agriculture, Research & Education Program (SAREP)
  • Sacramento Tree Foundation
  • Oakland Museum of California
  • California State Parks
  • California State Railroad Museum
  • Sierra Nevada Conservancy
  • John Muir National Historic Site
  • John Muir Land Trust
  • Lewis & Clark National Historical Park
  • Rails to Trails Conservancy

Instructor Positions

  • Undergraduate lecturer at California State University, Sacramento, Foundations of Recreation and Leisure writing intensive course.
  • Writing workshops, Senior Centers, Sierra College and Sun City Lincoln Hills.

Founder & Program Director, Nature Detectives

Janice founded Nature Detectives in January 2018 as a weekly after school outdoor discovery program for K-3rd grade students. Programs are offered in person and online, and complemented by Community Science Projects at parks. Her website features abundant present resources, activities and series of nature-based books she wrote.

Education & Training

  • Master of Science degree – Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration, California State University Sacramento, 2013.        Received Faculty Award of Merit.
  • Courses in Research Methods, Interpretive Writing, Public History, Environmental Interpretation, Museum sStudies and Restoration Ecology.
  • Certificate Public Relations, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Certification in Interpretive Writing, Heritage Interpretation Training Center, 2022
  • Certified Interpretive Guide, National Association of Interpretation (NAI)
  • Completed LEP Facilitator Workshop, (Aldo Leopold Education Project) Aldo Leopold Foundation


  • National Association of Interpretation
  • American Association of Environmental Educators
  • National Storytelling Network