Nature Journaling for Children and Families

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Date: July 18, 2014
Contact: Kate Petrie, 207-288-1312

On July 30, 2014, from 9 am to 12 pm, join Kimberly Ridley and Rebekah Raye, author and illustrator respectively of the award-winning picture book The Secret Pool, for a fun morning of nature journaling. Create your own unique memento of your family's visit to Acadia National Park. The morning begins with an easy nature walk to explore and observe the streams and trails surrounding the Nature Center at Sieur de Monts Spring off Park Loop Road, followed by fun, interactive writing and drawing activities for ages 8 to 80+. Guided by Ridley and Raye's gentle, engaging presentation, participants will each begin a nature journal chronicling their observations in words and drawings. This program also will encourage children and families to continue this practice at home and during their travels. The activity is sponsored by the Schoodic Institute and is free to the public. For more information, call Kate at 207-288-1312.

About Schoodic Institute

Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to guiding present and future generations to greater understanding and respect for nature by providing research and learning opportunities through its outstanding Acadia National Park setting, unique coastal Maine facilities, and innovative partnership programs. For more information on the Schoodic Institute, please visit

About the presenters
Kimberly Ridley is a science writer, contributing editor to Down East Magazine, and the author of The Secret Pool (Tilbury House Publishers, 2013), an award-winning picture book about vernal pools. The Secret Pool has received the prestigious Lupine Award from the Maine Library Association, The Riverby Award for outstanding natural history books for children from the John Burroughs Association, a 2014 Skipping Stones Honor Book Award, and other awards. A Maine native, she experiences tremendous joy sharing her love of nature with children and adults in the classroom and in the field. Her website is

Rebekah Raye is an artist beloved for her bird and animal paintings and sculpture who exhibits her work at fine art venues throughout Maine. She also is the author and illustrator of the award-winning picture books The Very Best Bed and Bear-ly There, as well as the illustrator of Thanks to the Animals, by Allen Sockabasin, all published by Tilbury House Publishers. She has taught art to students of all ages for more than 25 years. Her website is


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