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August 1, 2017
Inlandia Institute and Rivers & Lands Conservancy Want You to Write Wild
Aspiring and practiced nature writers are invited to sign up for a writing class taught by a falconer
Riverside, CA – In a partnership with Rivers & Lands Conservancy (RLC), Inlandia Institute is offering a nature writing class at the Riverside Public Library taught by local falconer and author Rebecca K. O’Connor.
Native Riverside author Rebecca K. O’Connor grew up hunting with hawks and falcons in the once vast open areas of the Inland Empire. While the author finds her greatest inspiration in open spaces that allow a raptor to spread its wings, she has watched much of this space dwindle.
“There is something about being completely immersed in a natural landscape that sparks creativity, encourages introspection and is even proven to lower your heart rate and blood pressure,” says O’Connor, who is also the Development Director for RLC. “I want to do my part to connect my community to the open space around them.”
O’Connor’s class which is titled “Write Wild” will run over six weeks Saturday mornings starting September 2, 2017. Classes are held at the Riverside Public Library with the exception of September 23 which will involve a field trip. O’Connor will be guiding participants in nature writing exercises and assigning homework that requires some exploration in the outdoors.
“Admittedly, I haven’t been getting outside enough myself lately and I’m looking forward to reconnecting with nature along with my class,” said O’Connor. “One of our classes will be a guided hike at Rivers & Lands Conservancy’s gorgeous Cienega Canyon Preserve and I bet that’s where the real magic will happen.”
Those interested can sign up for the class on the Inlandia Institutes website. The class costs $100 for non-members or $85 for members of either organization.
“You don’t need to walk with a hawk to get the benefits of the wild, but you do have to get outside,” said O’Connor. “If you can’t take my class I hope you will check out Rivers and Lands Conservancy for other outdoor activities in the future.”
For class information: Inlandiainstitute.org, (951) 369-1564 or riversandlands.org, 951-788-0670 ext. 1005
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