Hi, I’m Christine, and my passion is helping people form a deeper connection with the natural world. Through my writing, art, films, workshops and nature sketching holidays, I aim to bring more joy into one’s life, more empathy into one’s heart, and a greater appreciation for the vital roles that nature plays in our own well being.

I’ve been developing fun and engaging activities for folks of all ages for more than 20 years in my work with such organizations as The Nature Conservancy, the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the National Park Service to name a few.

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 “Christine is so genuine in her love of nature and desire to teach others about its beauty. She warmly welcomes people into her nature-loving community. You won’t regret joining Christine!”  
-Ian Fawley, Interpretive Ranger, Silver Falls State Park, Oregon

Latest News & Events 2016 & Beyond

March, 2017: Headed to Mexico to lead my Birds and Blossoms Nature Sketching Retreat, which will also support the work of a local bird conservation organization, Macaws Forever.

December 16: Teaching a sketching workshop in Nome Alaska for the University of Fairbanks Northwest Campus in Nome, followed by assisting with the Christmas Bird Count; Willow ptarmigans, McKay’s Buntings, and King Eiders oh my!




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September 28-October 2: Teaching a workshop at the  Western Field Ornithologists annual conference, California. October 1, 8-11 am. Workshop title: Bird Sketching on the Fly. 

May 10th: Release of the Peterson  Reference Guide to Woodpeckers of North America for which I created a variety of illustrations.

May 8-15: Attending the Biggest Week in American Birding, Ohio.

May 7: Teaching workshops at the 38th Annual  Silver Falls State Park Birding and Wildflower Festival, Oregon.

March 5 & 6: Teaching workshops at the Vallarta Botanical Gardens, south of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

January: Led a group of eight artists for my Birds & Blossoms Nature Sketching Holiday at the stunningly serene and luxurious Lodge at Pico Bonito.

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