Angela Cannon-Crothers

Who I am....

I am a naturalist and writer with a rich history of adventure and a passion for life. I have worked at a gold mine in Alaska and fished for halibut on a commercial fishing vessel off its wild coast. I have collected clouds, worked as a Forest Ranger, and soloed in the Boundary Waters Wilderness Canoe Area in the middle of winter. I have a penchant for nature writers and nature philosophers, good poetry, northern landscapes, sustainable living, horses, gardening, and the laughter of children. I believe the science and magic of our natural world are of the same Spirit.

Education, Work History and Awards

 

ANGELA CANNON-CROTHERS

Author/Writer and Environmental Educator

angiecanncro@yahoo.com 

AWARDS

·         Finalist in the Orlando Prize for Creative Non-Fiction for "Emergence at the Pond," fall 2011.

`        Teacher of Young Writers Big Pencil Award from Writers & Books, 2010.

·          New York Foundation for the Arts and Southerntier Council of the Arts Strategic Opportunity Stipend, 2009 ($550) for the AROHO Women’s Writing Retreat at Georgia O’Keefe’s Ghost Ranch, NM

·         Honorable Mention, Magazine Category, 79th Annual Writer’s Digest Competition

·         1st place Genesee Valley Pen-A-Poem Contest (2008)

·         Naples Short Story Contest Winner (2007)

·         74th Annual Writer’s Digest Competition Inspirational Category: Honorable Mention (2004)

·         U.S. Forest Service Midwestern District Interpretive Award of Merit, (1991)

·         1st Place Robert Frost Memorial Poetry Prize, Plattsburgh State University (1987)

·         2nd Place Robert Frost Memorial Poetry Prize, Plattsburgh State University (1986)

·         1st Place Rochester Junior Literary Award (1983)

 

EDUCATION

NYS Provisional teaching certification in Biology and General Science. SUNY Brockport, 2004.

M.S. in Environmental Education and Interpretation.  University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point, 1994.

B.A. Environmental SciencePlattsburgh State University, NY, 1987.

A.A.S. Ecology and Environmental TechnologyPaul Smiths College, NY. 1985.

           

WORK EXPERIENCE

Environmental Education, Writing and Teaching Services, proprietor, Finger Lakes and Rochester, NY Regions (2000- present)

      Contract Educator Services:

  • College Instructor for Entomology and Agronomy at Finger Lakes Community College, 2011- present.
  • Writer-in-Residence, St. Micheal's School, Penn Yan. Teach creative writing, poetry, and field journaling to students in grades K-5 weekly. 2010-11.
  • Children’s Program Coordinator and Education Assistant. Herb Haven Horticultural Therapy Program, Crystal Beach, NY.
  • Naturalist and environmental education classes in Natural Journaling, Wildlife Tracking, Fungi Forays, and more for groups like:  Rochester Audubon, Cumming Nature Center, Naples Public Library, and Finger Lakes Land Trust
  • Outdoor Educator and teen trip co-leader for Pack Paddle Ski out of Lima, NY
  •  Instructor for Writers & Books and The Gell Center in Bristol. Programming and instruction for “Outdoor Writer’s” in Bristol and YouthWrite week long programs in Rochester on topics like “The Fiction Writer’s Tool Box,” “The Writer’s Life,” “Field Guide’s to Trolls, Fairies and Sprites” and more.
  • Substitute Teacher, Naples Central School District, primarily in Living Environment and Biology
  • Tutor for Naples Central School District Jr. and Senior High Students in all subjects for students missing school due to long term emotional or physical illness or suspension (2004-2007)
  • Nordic Ski Instructor at Bristol Mountain (2008 to present)
  • Long-term math sub and outdoor educator at ECO School, part of the Marcus Whitman School District (2003-2004)

   Freelance Writing and Authorship:

  • Feature and cover story writer for the monthly, Mountain Home Magazine of the Pennsylvania Mountains and Finger Lakes Region of NY. Topics have included a Kilimanjaro climb cancer fundraiser, local canoe builders, naturalist essay, and organic farmers, wind power and more

·         Numerous articles on topics relating to nature and the environment for national magazines like Orion, BackHome, Northern Woodlands, Green Prints Digest, Mothering as well as many regional and local magazines.

·         Literary essays on wilderness and environmental topics appearing in magazines like The Sigurd Journal (2009) and literary fiction in Stone Canoe (2010).

·         Publication of a novel, The Wildcrafter (Lulu Press, 2007) and a children’s story, Grape Pie Season (2009)

  • Publication in two nature anthologies, A Mile In Her Boots; Women Who Work in the Wilds, edited by Jennifer Bove’ (Solas Hous, 2006) and The Ultimate Bird Lover, (HCI Books, 2010).

 

Program Director/Naturalist, Merck Forest & Farmland Center, Rupert, VT (March 1994-May 1997)

  • Created Sustainable Living Wintering Program for college students
  • Developed and oversaw educational component for college level interns working towards degrees or gaining practical experience in organic farming, sustainable forestry, and environmental education
  • Developed environmental education curriculum and training for staff and interns 
  • Offered continuing education workshops for teachers infusing environmental science into their classrooms
  • Taught topics in ecology and outdoor education to school children and adult groups
  • Hired and supervised 12 interns and one teacher/naturalist yearly
  • Created a district-wide, fifth grade Tracking Program for the Bennington School District

 

Naturalist Instructor and Editor, Trees For Tomorrow Natural Resources Education Center, Eagle River, Wisconsin. (1992-1994)

  • Directed elementary school programming
  • Hired for and coordinated Teacher Naturalist Internship Program
  • Editor and writer for NORTHBOUND - a quarterly publication on balanced perspectives regarding natural resource issues
  • Developed and directed limnology and wildlife art camps for Talented and Gifted programs

 

Environmental Studies Teaching Assistant, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.     (September 1991 – May 1992)

·         Prepared class materials, hand-outs, and field trip schedules

·         Offered pre-exam study sessions

·         Met with challenged adult learners for reading support and comprehension

 

Naturalist and Wilderness Ranger, US Forest Service, Nicolet National Forest, Eagle River, Wisconsin (Summers 1991 and 1992).  Chippewa National Forest Summer 1990

 

·         Developed interpretive programming on the natural and cultural history of the National Forests for visitors including: bog hikes, canoe trips, lake studies, Native American skills, fungi forays and more

·         Organized Forest Service guest presenters for campground evening programs

·         Implemented and maintained wilderness management plan objectives

·         Monitored two designated wilderness areas within the Nicolet National Forest.

 

RESEARCH

  • Acid Rain Field Technician, Atmospheric Sciences and Research Center, Whiteface Mt., NY.  Summers 1986, 1988 and spring 1987.

·         Field Botany Assistant, Kennecott, Alaska. (1987).

 

PUBLISHED BOOKS AND ANTHOLOGIES     

  • “The Owl Who Came to Dinner,” The Ultimate Bird Lover, (HCI Books Press, 2010)
  • Grape Pie Season, a children’s book illustrated with Darryl Abraham. 2009

·         “Collecting Clouds” in A Mile In Her Boots; Women Who Work in the Wild. Edited by Jennifer Bove’ (Solas Hous, 2006)

·         The Wildcrafter, a novel. Amazon.com and Lulu Press 2008

 

MANUSCRIPTS

·         -Moonrise; one woman's craving for wildness and wild places. Collection of essays and memoir.

Visonaries in Wisconsin’s Conservation History. Master’s Thesis. University of Wisconsin. 1993. 250 pages.

·         The Placer Mine, a novel. 64,000 words.

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AWARDS

·         Teacher of Young Writers Big Pencil Award from Writers & Books, 2010.

·          New York Foundation for the Arts and Southerntier Council of the Arts Strategic Opportunity Stipend, 2009 ($550) for the AROHO Women’s Writing Retreat at Georgia O’Keefe’s Ghost Ranch, NM

·         Honorable Mention, Magazine Category, 79th Annual Writer’s Digest Competition

·         1st place Genesee Valley Pen-A-Poem Contest (2008)

·         Naples Short Story Contest Winner (2007)

·         74th Annual Writer’s Digest Competition Inspirational Category: Honorable Mention (2004)

·         U.S. Forest Service Midwestern District Interpretive Award of Merit, (1991)

·         1st Place Robert Frost Memorial Poetry Prize, Plattsburgh State University (1987)

·         2nd Place Robert Frost Memorial Poetry Prize, Plattsburgh State University (1986)

·         1st Place Rochester Junior Literary Award (1983)

 

VOLUNTER WORK  

  • Co-chair for the education subcommittee for the newly proposed Finger Lakes Museum (2010-present)
  • Education volunteer and board member for Herb Haven, a non-profit gardening and small business skills program for at-risk women and children (2007 to 2009)
  • Board Member, Naples Shade Tree Commission (2004-2005)
  •  Interpretive Trail Guide for Finger Lakes Land Trust (2003- 2008) 
  •  Volunteer for Cornell’s Lab of Ornithology Winter Bird Surveys (2008-2009)