Workshops & Speaking

Christine is available for speaking and workshops


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

Christine 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 selected plants, animals, habitats and ecosystems
  • 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 tales, tips and tribulations
  • Benefits of keeping a travel journal
  • Advice on traveling and packing
  • Recommended ecotourism destinations

Selected Organizations

Toucan Rescue Ranch, Costa Rica
Audubon Society Chapters in Oregon, Nevada, California
Wild Wonder Nature Journaling Conference, California
Flyfishers of Central Oregon
Western Field Ornithologists, California
BirdsCaribbean, Jamaica
California Native Plant Society, California
Vallarta Bird and Nature Festival, Mexico
Bay Area Carnivorous Plant Society, California
Guild of Natural Science Illustrators; Washington, Wisconsin, and Montana annual conferences


Christine Elder has a refreshingly welcoming approach to teaching about birds through art that reflects her obvious passion for wildlife and conservation of our natural environment. Whether at her home in Oregon or visiting us deep in the tropics at the Vallarta Botanical Garden, she has a marvelous potential to connect people with birds in a rich and meaningful way.

-Neil Gerlowski, Executive Director, Vallarta Botanical Garden

Christine gave excellent presentations at the 2022 Winter Wings Festival in Klamath Falls Oregon. Our attendees gave us very positive feedback on all her offerings, and we would be thrilled to have her participate again at our festival. 
-Anne Wenner, Winter Wings Birding Festival

Christine’s classes are inspiring and informative. With each topic, she engages her students with information and connection to the topic and then she shows us how to draw the animal or plant in a way that is applicable to other organisms as well. I really appreciate her enthusiasm and passion for learning about nature. I highly recommend her classes.

-Rima Givot, Sisters High School, Oregon

Presentations can be in-person or online. Contact Christine to discuss your needs.