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Through informative and engaging photo presentations, Susan shares her personal experiences and knowledge of diverse environments and wildlife. She encourages curiosity and sparks interest in science and experimental techniques.  She challenges listeners to get outdoors and explore nature.

Susan also offers interactive, hands-on, presentations with activities geared to help students become better observers, researchers, and writers. Her books are geared mainly for ages 10 and up, but she enjoys presenting programs to audiences from kindergarten up.

Seeing the Invisible

Tundra, desert, and rainforest habitats

All of nature is tied together by critical but invisible connections.  With photos and examples from diverse ecosystems, Susan introduces listeners to some of the fascinating ways that the non-living environment and living things interact. She also describes some of the amazing invisible connections among diverse living things that keep nature running.

Wings Over the Sea Waves


Over 300 species of birds spend nearly their entire live out over the ocean waves, far from the sight of land. Discover how diverse species survive in this seemingly hostile environment. Meet puffins and storm petrels, albatrosses and penguins, guillemots, frigatebirds, and blue-footed boobies.


Voyage to the High Arctic

Take a photo-illustrated naturalist’s journey to some of the northernmost lands on Earth. Located just 600 miles south of the North Pole Svalbard is home to some of the hardiest living things on our planet. Learn how arctic birds, mammals, and plants are adapted to the harsh environment.




Two Thousand Miles on the Amazon River

Strangely familiar plants, brightly colored birds, extraordinary mammals and bizarre insects are among the creatures students discover on this photo illustrated journey. Learn about the forests, wildlife, and people who live along this mighty river. Hands on materials for students to examine.



Secrets of a Naturalist

Through a photo-illustrated program and hands-on activities, Susan reveals some of the strategies naturalists use to observe and discover wildlife, plants, and other creatures that most people overlook.

By pre-arrangement, Susan is also willing to lead groups of students on field trips to a natural area to practice the techniques and skills discussed in this presentation.


Tough Environments

Compare plants and animals from a variety of extreme environments. Through photos and firsthand reporting, students will visit high arctic tundra, arid deserts, and tropical rain forests to meet a menagerie of interesting creatures.  Each must overcome a variety of environmental challenges to survive.  Learn about the fascinating physical and behavioral traits which enable various creatures to thrive in the diverse environments they inhabit.


Alaska-The Great Land

Explore the varied environments of Alaska from towering glaciers and windswept tundra, northern rain forests to northern taiga. Discover America’s largest state through beautiful photographs and fascinating facts about its wildlife and environments. Learn about life where warm, sunlit summer nights contrast with dark, frigid winter days through stories from Susan’s thirty years of living and working in the state.


Not Just the Facts!

Susan challenges young writers to see themselves as non-fiction authors-even when they write school reports!  Sharing techniques she uses, Susan inspires students to become researchers on a treasure hunt for more than just facts. Kids learn how to place facts in context and paint pictures with words to make their own writing more compelling. They also find out that reviewing and editing are essential steps for every writer.


Susan is available to lead field trips.Susan enjoys helping small groups of adults and youngsters  learn to see more in nature through firsthand experiences in natural areas.  She is available on a limited basis as a naturalist guide. Contact her at info@naturescienceart.com for additional information or to make arrangements.