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Janice Kelley  launched Nature Detectives in early 2018 for students to explore the outdoor world by engaging them in hands-on and inquiry-based learning activities on their school campus.

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Listen to Janice’s interview describing the joy and inherent value of Nature Detectives.

Janice is an award-winning writer and naturalist who is passionate about  connecting people to nature through art and science. She delights in sharing the wonders and curiosities of the outdoor world with youth and adults during guided walks, interpretive programs and spoken word stories. In doing so, she inspires meaningful connections between people, places and wildlife. She draws inspiration from the life and quotations of John Muir, Aldo Leopold, Joseph Cornell and numerous other environmental champions.

“When others see a place, I listen for its stories.  When others see plants and trees, I watch life in motion. I invite others to be curious and ask questions as the doorway to a better understanding of ourselves and our relationship to the outdoor world.

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  • In Nature’s Time, a book of nature poetry;
  • Mornings on Fair Oaks Bridge, a collection of 75 blogs from her website featuring first person narratives, photos and videos of early morning wildlife wake up activities at and near this bridge that crosses the Lower American River.


Master of Science degree, Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration from California State University, Sacramento, 2013. Received the department’s Award of Merit .

Visit Nature Legacies, Janice’s primary website to learn more.