I wanted to introduce myself and add a little something to the topic of kids and nature that perhaps isn't quite so "mainstream". I'm an avid fly fisherman and and published author of a series of children's books that use fly fishing as a backdrop to tell a series of edu-taining stories. The central character is Olive, the woolly bugger. What, you ask, is a woolly bugger
? Glad you asked. My books in a nutshell: Olive goes off to camp to learn to be a fishing fly. Once there she encounters some snobs and bullies, but through perseverance she learns that she has special talents that make her special. As she learns, young readers also learn about basic fly fishing terminology and the importance of conservation-minded angling (catch and release). Olive goes on to learn about the importance of cold, clean water as it provides not only fish habitat, but also essential lifeblood for many other creatures in the forest. There are three books in the series to date, with more planned for the future.
In the fly fishing world, as with so many other segments of the outdoor industry, kids are the future: we need future stewards of the resource to ensure that generations to come can enjoy that which we have been able to partake of.
I would be grateful if you would take a look at my website and find out a bit more. Please don't be frightened away if you know nothing about fly fishing- Olive is a very friendly and nurturing guide into this wonderful sport/activity/obsession. To understand a bit more about how my books fit into the larger picture of Children and Nature, I recently posted an entry on my blog
that I hope explains the relationship. I hope every child, and every adult for that matter, will get hooked on Olive!
Thanks for your time to read this. I'd love to engage in a conversation if you have any questions.
Best wishes and many fishes,