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L is for Leprechaun

Barbara Gowan

award-winning author

Carefree, AZ USA


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SCHOOL VISITS: K - 8
Students discover what is found inside a Writer's Toolbox before delving into the informational book, Desert Digits. With the help of props, puppets and audience participation, students explore the animals, plants, people, and places that make Arizona a unique state.



Year(s) of participation: 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017






A4ED school visit photos & blurbs:


2017 at MORRISTOWN ELEMENTARY in Morristown, Arizona USA


2015 at SS. SIMON AND JUDE SCHOOL in Phoenix, Arizona USA


BARB GIVES BACK AT SS. SIMON AND JUDE SCHOOL

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During my Writing from Nature workshop, students discovered everything from cotton and cactus skeletons to rocks and sea shells as they filled their nature journals with sensory words.




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The morning was topped off with voting to find out which organization would receive conservations funds (sponsored this year by an anonymous donor). The kids ended up splitting the money to provide milkweed for our desert butterflies in the Southwest Monarch Study and for burrowing owl relocations through Wild at Heart.


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I got the chance to feed fuzzy burrowing owl chicks when I
stopped by Wild at Heart with our donation check.


They also decided to coordinate an extra school-wide campaign to collect peanut butter for the bears at a local wildlife rehabilitation center. I was thrilled that they will take that initiative and look forward to hearing how that turns out. Great for kids to be moved by the animals' needs.




















2012 at KIVA ELELMENTARY in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA

BARB SPEAKS FOR NATURE AT KIVA

barbara makes donation to Southwest Wildlife

The students at Kiva Elementary School voted for Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center (www.southwestwildlife.org), a wildlife rescue and rehab facility specializing in native mammals — fox, javelina, coyote, mountain lion and BEAR. While touring the rehab center, educator Kim Carr introduced me to Tahoe, Griz and Igasho, 3-year old youngsters, who stole my heart. (70% of the animals at the center are rehabilitated and released back into the wild.)





2013 at QUAIL RUN ELEMENTARY and THORNYDALE ELEMENTARY in Tucson, Arizona USA


BARB CELEBRATES EARTH DAY AT QUAIL RUN & THORNYDALE

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Yes, that is a bat pollinating a blossom of the saguaro
cactus – use your imaginations!!!

Great visit to Quail Run and Thornydale Elementary Schools in Marana, AZ as part of Authors for Earth Day. Classes enjoyed my presentation of the book Desert Digits and also learned about conservation agencies that help Arizona wildlife. The kids voted to send a donation (from my speaker's fee) to two places: The Arizona Desert Bighorn Sheep Society will be sent half of the money to help with the reintroduction of the bighorn into the Santa Catalina Mountains and the other half will be sent to the Phoenix Zoo Native Species Breeding program to purchase behavioral enrichment toys for the Mount Graham squirrels and black-footed ferrets.


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The president of the Library Club at Thornydale did a great job introducing me to the classes and the families at the afterschool program.The president of the Library Club at Thornydale did a great job introducing me to the classes and families at the afterschool program too.














2012 at KIVA ELELMENTARY in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA

BARB SPEAKS FOR NATURE AT KIVA

barbara makes donation to Southwest Wildlife

The students at Kiva Elementary School voted for Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center (www.southwestwildlife.org), a wildlife rescue and rehab facility specializing in native mammals — fox, javelina, coyote, mountain lion and BEAR. While touring the rehab center, educator Kim Carr introduced me to Tahoe, Griz and Igasho, 3-year old youngsters, who stole my heart. (70% of the animals at the center are rehabilitated and released back into the wild.)





2010 at ADAMS TRADITIONAL ACADEMY, Glendale, Arizona, USA


BARB GOES GREEN AT ADAMS!

barbara gowan with donation
liberty wildlife at event

I had a wonderful, wonderful, wonderful time. It was the highlight of my school visits this year. It was just what I needed to do today... and on future Earth Days, too. My school voted to donate to Liberty Wildlife.

barbara gowan school visit