Happy belated New Year, friends! I’m happy to be returning to the studio after 5 weeks away! In short: Almost every year, for the last 10+ years, I’ve worked with a travel company, on a small tourist ship that travels to Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands. I teach a “Young Explorer” program to the children traveling with their families, in the age range of 8-18yrs. The program is an educational enhancement program, much like the one provided to the adults onboard. I take advantage of the generally small size, to provide a “hands on” learning experience, in the areas of marine biology, conservation, wildlife observation, seamanship & the creative arts. I teach classes that range from an onboard squid dissection, to a study of the plankton pulled up in the region, to fish biology, to Antarctic wildlife, observation & illustration. I also draw from the vast pool of experts onboard, who deliver programs on Marine Mammals, deep sea ocean life, geology, ornithology, history, zodiac safety, knot-tying & photography. We tour the bridge with the Captain, with instruction on controls & navigation, tour the engine room with the Chief Engineer & generally experience an amazing adventure together.
It’s brought me to (& made me fall in love with) one of the most breathtaking, exquisite places on earth, working alongside an extraordinary team of people & I’m grateful beyond what I’ve ever been able to say.
Thank you for letting this one-person operation shift & nourish my other love - Skipping Lilies has always been a marriage of science & art & I’m so thankful to be able to take time for both!
Happy to be home & back in the studio!! Hope everyone is having a Happy New Year!