Orange County's Wildlands in Verse and Image
Date: Thursday, June 18, 2015
Speakers: Thea Gavin and Chuck Wright
For our Chapter Celebration, we have a special treat! Poet-naturalists Chuck Wright and Thea Gavin know you don't have to be in a National Park to be completely awed by surrounding beauty. They have spent many years roaming the sage-scented hills of Orange County, being inspired by the flowers, scents, and creatures, and writing about what they dicover. With images sparking ideas for poems (or a poem prompting the need of a photo) both of our authors have also become excellent photographers (as you will see). With this celebration of places, plants, and creatures of our local willands, Chuck and Thea hope you will be inspired to get out and fall even more in love with the wild landscapes of Orange County.
Thea Gavin is a native of Orange County, where she continues to hike and write about the wild beauty she encounters on her barefoot advetures. When not wandering the trails, she enjoys teaching writing at Concordia University Irvine. Recently she began restoring a forgotten corner of the campus into an ecosystem garden of fruits, vegetables, and native plants—the Heritage Garden. An active member of our chapter, as well as a volunteer naturalist with the Irvine Ranch Consevancy, Thea is currently working on an anthology of nature writings about Orange County. Her poems and essays about the West have been published in a variety of anthologies and literary jounals, and after serving as National Park Service Artist-in-Residence at the Grand Canyon in 2011, she has returned as often as possible to hike and write.
Chuck Wright taught kindergarten and first grade students for 34 years and has been happily retired for 13 years, spending time volunteering in the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, the Heritage Garden at Concordia University Irvine and the Friends of the Library at the University Park Library, Irvine. He seeks to inspire others to become active stewards of our natural landscapes.
In additions to our speakers, we’ll offer a nature/bird walk at 6PM, opportunity drawings and a silent auction, and a potluck hospitality table. For the always fascinating Review of the Year, Celia Kutcher needs your great photos of 2014-15 chapter activities— ooh-ahh plant shots from field trips, garden tour, people doing things at plant sales, field trips, outreach events, school gardens, etc Please ID event, date, people, plants, and send as plain jpgs, 72dpi, 1MB or less, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the potluck, we’ll supply the drinks, utensils, and paper goods. If you’re coming early, bring an appetizer —if late (ie. not for the walk) bring something dessert-ish..
Enjoy with us this special celebration of the year’s achievements.