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Book Mary to Speak

I would be delighted to visit your school, library, community group, or club and share my photographs and natural history artifacts with you! If you are interested in featuring my NATURALLY CURIOUS powerpoint presentation at your next gathering, please contact me at


Naturally Curious:  The Presentation

I offer a one-hour powerpoint program which is based on my book, Naturally Curious.  I discuss natural events that take place each month throughout the year, all of which are illustrated with my photographs.   A question and answer period follows the program.  An extensive natural history artifact collection accompanies this program and is displayed prior to and following the program.  Suitable for individual classrooms or auditorium.  Ages: 3rd grade and up.  Fee:  $400 in VT/ $500 out-of-state plus mileage.  Please contact me at  if you are interested in having me come to your school.

Author/Naturalist Classroom Visit

I sit with students and read some of my writing to them, while sharing photographs that accompany the writing.  This is followed by a discussion with the students related to the reading.  With younger elementary students, I read my children’s book, Milkweed Visitors, and then have a discussion about milkweed and the various insects that visit as well as concepts such as pollination, seed formation, etc.  With older elementary students, I read a passage from Naturally Curious, show/discuss the stories behind a selection of enlarged photographs and share a small natural history artifact collection. This is followed by a discussion of what a naturalist/wildlife photographer/writer does and the skills needed to become one.  All  ages.  Fee:  $250 plus mileage. Please contact me at  if you are interested in having me come to your school.

A Red Fox’s First Summer

I introduce children to the natural history of foxes and then follow the first three months of a red fox kit’s life, from birth to independence. Nursing, playing, exploring, mock-fighting, eating and napping take up much of a young fox’s day, and the photographs illustrate these activities and more. On display are a red and a gray fox pelt as well as the skull of a red fox. Questions and stories are encouraged. Signed copies of Ferdinand Fox’s First Summer are available for sale following the program.


10 responses

  1. Charlotte Carlson

    Dear Ms. Holland,
    I missed you at the scheduled book signing at Morgan Hill Bookstore in New London, New Hampshire today. I was sorry to hear that you’re sick and hope that you get well soon. Please let me know when and where you may be available to sign a copy of your book in the near future.
    Charlotte Carlson

    November 27, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    • Hi Charlotte,
      I haven’t any signings scheduled near you, I’m afraid, but if you are ever in the Hartland/White River Junction area, and let me know, I’d be happy to meet you somewhere and sign your book! Sorry for the delayed reply…Mary

      December 27, 2010 at 7:36 pm

  2. mary maxwell

    I am a member of the Warner Free Lecture board in Harvard. We are interested in having you for one of our lectures for next season. How do we start the process?

    February 22, 2012 at 10:15 pm

  3. Thank you so much for coming to the Birds of Vermont Musuem and giving your program here on Saturday. I’ve been hearing delighted reviews all morning about it.

    August 7, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    • It was a total pleasure, believe me. Am so glad if the reviews are good! Mary

      August 7, 2012 at 3:49 pm

  4. Hi Mary, I am a Bear-Paw Volunteer and I just wanted to tell you that I am looking forward to meeting you at our event this Saturday! I’ll be photographing the event and shooting some video. I hope you can stop by the video booth for a short take on ‘What Conservation Means to Me’. I am also excited to share your book with my kids, see you there!
    Amanda Mandella

    January 24, 2013 at 4:08 am

    • Hi Amanda,
      I will be sure to keep an eye out for you! Thanks for writing. See you soon on hopefully a somewhat warmer day!

      January 24, 2013 at 4:08 pm

  5. Sandal

    Hi Mary, Just wanting to confirm that you are speaking in Woodbury, VT, on Wed. Oct. 11, 2017 around 6:00 or 7:00 p.m. Paul and I would love to attend. Thanks, Sandal Cate

    October 7, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    • Hi Sandal,
      Yes, I am speaking at the Woodbury Town Hall at 6:30 this coming Wednesday, the 11th. It would be great to see you!

      October 7, 2017 at 5:38 pm

      • Sandal

        That’s great, Mary! We’ll find you there. Are you all set on overnight accommodations or would you like to stay at our place in E. Montpelier? Just a thought. I talked with Susan Sawyer today, but she will be going to a botanical artists convention in CA, so you wouldn’t be staying with her. Lots to chat about, looking forward to hearing you. Sandal

        October 7, 2017 at 8:27 pm

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