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Janice Kelley  launched Nature Detectives early in 2016 for students to explore the outdoor world by engaging them in hands-on learning activities on their school campus. Knowing that a child’s school day alone is not enough to build a lifetime love of the natural world, she also presents family programs to support the student’s curiosity and continuous exploration.

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Janice is an award-winning writer, naturalist and educator 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. Janice is the author of Through the Eyes of John Muir, Practices in Environmental Stewardship, a field studies curriculum guide; In Nature’s Time, a book of nature poetry; and the author of 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.

Janice earned a Master of Science degree in Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration from California State University, Sacramento, with special expertise on nature-based education and interpretation. Visit Nature Legacies, Janice’s primary website at to learn more.