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Brief Biography

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAChristine is a naturalist, environmental educator and visual artist. She holds advanced degrees in biology and scientific illustration, and has been blessed to combine these two seemingly incongruous passions of art and science in a variety of creative ways.

She’s traveled widely in the Americas and beyond from Alaska to Borneo, The Netherlands to Turkey, and Honduras to the Caribbean. Her many adventures have included SCUBA diving with sharks, tracking bears by moonlight, electrofishing trout, identifying deep sea invertebrates, performing necropsies on sea lions and studying the sex lives of carnivorous plants. In pursuit of adventure, she’s been stung by jellyfish, chased by a moose, dive bombed by seabirds,  poisoned by rotten food in Turkey, and electrocuted at a shoddy ‘rustic vacation retreat’.

When not exploring the world, she makes her home in central Oregon at the intersection of 10,000’ dormant volcanoes and the high desert. She enjoys sharing her passion for the natural world and her conservation ethic with children and adults alike through her classes, presentations, tours and retreats. A regular practice of yoga and hiking keeps her sane.

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Christine is available for speaking and training

Are you looking for an engaging and inspiring presenter for your next event?

christine-birds-caribbean-talkChristine has given presentations for audiences of up to several hundred people for international, regional and local meetings and annual conferences for such organizations as The National Audubon Society, California Native Plant Society, the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators and BirdsCaribbean in Jamaica.

She has also developed and led workshops for kids and adults for the John Muir Association, Pacific Grove and Santa Cruz Natural History Museums, Girl Scouts of America, Hope Zoo in Jamaica and Vallarta Botanical Gardens in Mexico.

Areas of expertise:

Environmental Education: 

  • Ecology of any plant, animal, habitat or ecosystem
  • Special areas of expertise include carnivorous plants, salmon, stream invertebrates, birds  
  • Nature journaling as a conservation tool for youth and communities

Nature Sketching:

  • Benefits of keeping a nature journal
  • Sketching natural subjects as a means of learning about their ecology and behavior

Travel:

  • Travel tales, tips and tribulations
  • Benefits of keeping a travel journal
  • Advice on traveling and packing
  • Recommended ecotourism destinations

Contact Christine to discuss your needs.

Photos of Christine   (click to download high resolution version)

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Sketching in the field

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Kind Words

“She is a strong, youthful scientist who entices others to look at the loveliness of nature. Her energy is contagious. Anyone would be lucky to have Christine on their team. Her passion and love for nature permeates whatever it is she is doing. She’s the real deal and has the scientific knowledge to accompany her enthusiasm”
– Jill Harke, Director, John Muir Mountain Day Camp

Read more testimonials about Christine’s environmental work and her design work.

Connect with Christine on Social

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/christine.elder.547?fref=photo
Twitter/Periscope:
@AWildNaturalist
Instagram: https://instagram.com/thateldergirl/
Skype: forestflicker

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