A Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award recipient and California Federation of Chaparral Poets honoree, Mary, grew up in the forested communities of Humboldt and Trinity Counties of northern California. She attended Shasta College, Humboldt State University, and Loyola University. She has worked in photography, education, publishing, and liturgical design.
Her career in children’s literature focuses on nature and environmental education. Mary’s outdoor life activities of wildlife photography, hunting, gardening, gold mining and rock hounding keep her close to nature. She and her husband, Tim, have two sons and three grandchildren.
The kids and families were wonderful as always. Several rescued animals were on hand as ambassadors for work done by SWRR. Most wildlife rescued is rehabilitated and returned to the wild. Some, however, are not able to be returned either due to injury or imprinting on humans. These animals are cared for by trained caretakers for the rest of their natural lives.
Fund-raising volunteers for Shasta Wildlife Rescue. Mary A Livingston, Tim Livingston, and ivy Smith.
What a great time! Awesome kids really make for a great presentation. Last week I presented to over 350 third to sixth grade students on what an Electrostatic Precipitator is and what it does. After two hours of talking to … Continue reading →
Hmm, I’ll look like a crazy scientist after 8 presentations!
My 2013 presentation on Hydrophobic Soil. Thanks, Tim (The Forester Artist) for the fun shots.
For several years I’ve presented a science experiment related to one of our picture books at the annual SCLC Education Day. I’ve been told that I get pretty animated. Doesn’t look like this year will be any different. Tomorrow, I’ll be demonstrating Electrostatic Precipitator to nearly 400 school kids. They’ll divide into 8 groups spread out over the morning. I predict lots of funny faces and a bad hair day!
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When I was 8-years-old I moved from Hoopa to Burnt Ranch, CA. The entire school, K-8, only had 48 students at the time. I was in 3rd grade and it only had five students. The school grew to over 60 by the time I exited 8th grade. I’m especially happy to make school visits to small schools in rural areas.
Sometimes we do science experiments related to my books and other times we read stories or do art projects. This visit was all about the stories.
Cox Bar Elementary is only about 15 miles from Burnt Ranch, and about 40 miles from Hoopa. I’ve made a few visits over the years. This year, the school has fewer than 15 students. The kids were pretty excited to know I grew up so close to where they live.
Taking questions from the kids, mostly about roadkill and vultures.
Reading “Buddy, the Wayward Wolverine” and talking about animals native to the Cox Bar School area.
Reading “No Place for Ugly Birds” and talking about turkey vultures.