11 am | SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16
Come sit with your little ones and enjoy a lively reading experience! Join us for a special story time featuring Mariana Altrichter, PhD and Ellen Bashor. Mariana will give an interactive presentation of her children's book, Playing in the Ponderosa Pines. Ellen contributed to the book and is working on her Master's of Education at Prescott College.
About the Book
What wonders await us in the ponderosa pine forest? Follow the exciting discoveries of children as they explore a creek, build forts, climb trees, find medicinal plants, make boats, and play all day. Interesting details enrich the story, from surprising ecological facts to traditional plant uses. More in-depth information is presented at the end of the book. This book is not only fun and informative for children and adults, but it is also a great resource for educators in kindergarten through 4th grade.
This story aims to inspire curiosity and motivate children to get outside and enjoy the world around them. Turn off the screens, open the door, and join us in a celebration of the natural world, our special places, and what it means to be a child.
About the Author
Mariana Altrichter, PhD, is a university professor and environmental educator currently teaching at Prescott College in Arizona. With a background in conservation biology and cultural anthropology, she became aware that children’s loss of regular contact with nature can result in a future generation disinterested in the conservation of biodiversity. She also recognized the need for more place-based educational books that teach ecology, enhance the appreciation for the local biodiversity, and inspire children to spend time outdoors.
Interested in cultivating children’s connection with nature, in 2014 she founded Educational Expeditions LLC., and designed a nature-based educational camp called “All Children in the Woods.” The idea of this book, and all the photographs of children playing in the woods, came from many days of sharing time with children in the ponderosa pines around Prescott.