**THIS EVENT HAS BEEN FILLED** Join Greenbelt Land Trust and the Spring Creek Project for a special writing workshop led by award-winning poet, essayist, naturalist, lepidopterist, and author Robert Michael Pyle. This free workshop will take place at Bald Hill Farm, a landscape whose history, animals, and vistas have inspired many authors and artists alike! You’ll enjoy a nature walk and writing discussion, personal writing time, and a group reading. This event kicks off the 8th Annual Natural Areas Celebration Week!
Robert Michael Pyle was born and raised in Colorado and has lived in the Pacific Northwest, California, New England, and Great Britain. His B.Sc. in Nature Perception and Protection and M.Sc. in Nature Interpretation from the University of Washington were followed by a Ph.D. in Lepidoptera Ecology and Conservation from Yale University. He worked as Ranger-Naturalist in Sequoia National Park, butterfly conservation consultant for the government of Papua New Guinea, Northwest Land Steward for The Nature Conservancy, and co-manager of the Species Conservation Monitoring Center in Cambridge, U.K. In 1971, he founded the international Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation (http://www.xerces.org/).
For thirty-four years, Pyle has been an independent, full-time biologist, writer, teacher, and speaker. He has published hundreds of articles, essays, papers, stories, and poems, and twenty books. They include Wintergreen, The Thunder Tree, Where Bigfoot Walks, Chasing Monarchs, Walking the High Ridge, Sky Time in Gray’s River, and Mariposa Road: The First Butterfly Big Year; as well as two poetry collections, and a flight of butterfly books including The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Butterflies and The Butterflies of Cascadia. Chinook & Chanterelle: Poems and Through a Green Lens: Fifty Years of Writing for Nature appeared in 2016. Pyle’s books have won the John Burroughs Medal, a Guggenheim Fellowship, three Governor’s Writer’s Awards, a Pacific Northwest Booksellers’ Award, the Harry Nehls Award for Nature Writing, and the National Outdoor Book Award for natural history literature, among other awards.
“I’ve always felt there is something sacred in a piece of paper that travels the earth from hand to hand, head to head, heart to heart.”
― Robert Michael Pyle,
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Natural Areas Celebration Week
Natural Areas Celebration Week has something for everyone! Natural resource partners throughout the region join together during this week to highlight their projects and to celebrate the incredible resources in our backyard here in the mid-Valley. From walks to talks, open houses, local food and drinks, and more, you are sure to have a great time! Find the entire week’s calendar HERE.