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Back to School: Authors for Earth Day

It’s fall, and everyone’s back in school. I will attend the 2017 Ak Cross Content Conference in Fairbanks, Alaska this weekend. I’m looking forward to talking to Alaskan teachers. Now, it seems like a good time to remind folks of another great program for classrooms: Authors for Earth Day.

Authors for Earth Day (A4ED) started as an Earth Day presentation to empower students to engage in conservation. As the website puts it, “Authors for Earth Day (A4ED) is a grassroots coalition of award-winning children’s authors and illustrators who directly mentor young readers by giving them ‘an authentic research project with real-world impact.’

NOW A YEAR-ROUND PROGRAM. Each participant does one school visit a year with a unique twist: the author donates at least 30% of that day’s speaking fee to a non-profit conservation organization as directed by a student vote. Students research a list of five conservation nominees selected by their author and then vote for their favorite—the author writes a check to the winning organization. Our mission? To empower young readers to shape the world around them!”

So far, A4ED has raised almost $75,000, and they are hoping to go much higher this year, thanks to authors and teachers. Check out their website at

and contact an author about speaking to your students this school year.

Yes, I am one of the YA authors in A4ED! If you choose me, I’ll talk about the beginning of Denali National Park and Preserve, and my selected organizations are Alaska Geographic, Cook Inletkeeper, Denali Citizens Council, Denali Education Center, and Great Land Trust. I hope to connect with students through a bit of Alaska history, and inspire them to learn more about the conservation groups in their community.

I love to share my passion for Alaska and its history in my writing for young adults and their grown ups.

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