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A picture is worth a thousand words. If you can't go to the rainforest, I can bring one to you. Talks can be geared to any age K-adult. They usually last up to an hour with more time left for questions and answers. The talk can be shorter for younger audiences.

I have given over 700 slide shows of beautiful images of exotic forests, amazing wildlife, indigenous people, scientific studies, difficult problems, solutions that are working, ecological concepts and how we can help in our own daily lives by what we do here at home.

Each talk is a minimum of $250 plus transportation. All proceeds are donated to tropical conservation projects.

Choose a topic:

Author Visits
Rachel gives all day sessions to elementary classes on writing process, where authors get their ideas, what makes a good story, keeping journals as a great way to save your ideas when they are fresh, and can include a slide presentation about the people or forest where the story takes place. "Telling a story is really giving a gift," Rachel says. She is full of stories of her adventures in remote villages in the rainforest and the ancient stories told her by the elders.

° "The Forever Forest: Kids Save a Tropical Treasure" Dawn Publications, 2008. (Coauthored with Kristin Pratt-Serafini)
° "Emberá Stories of Panama" (Recorded and edited by Rachel Crandell, 2008).
° "Hands of the Maya: Villagers at Work and Play" Henry Holt, 2002. (Written and photographed by Rachel)
° "Six Inches to England" Andover Green Book Publishers, 2002. (two stories by Rachel within an anthology)


"Emberá People of the Darien Jungle"
Portrait of the Embera people in one of the most remote rainforests of the Neo-tropics; Rachel's encounter with jaguars, storytellers, shamans and privileged viewing of the ancient petroglyphs of "La Piedra." Known fondly as Raquela, Rachel, has become the godmother to a baby boy, and Manikidu named his baby daughter after Rachel's own granddaughter. Truly more things are being shared than the stories.

"What is a Tropical Rainforest?"
Introduction to where and why, biodiversity, problems and solutions of TRF. Images are all from Costa Rica.

"Good Things Are Going on in the Rainforest"
Focus on positive solutions to the complex problems that threaten TRF like efforts of local conservation organizations, ecotourism in conjunction with indigenous people, research, environmental education, sustainable products. Images from Central and South America.

"Oil in the Amazon"
Firsthand photographic report on the effects of careless exploitation of TRF in Ecuador resulting in spills, pollution, poverty, and loss of cultural identity for the indigenous people. Images from Ecuador.

"Living with Maya Indians"
A sabbatical from teaching allowed Rachel to live at the edge of the Jaguar Sanctuary with her Maya friends in a village in Belize. Sleeping in a hammock, living in a palm frond house, hauling wood from the forest, fishing, digging cassava with her machete, learning to carve in slate, washing and bathing in the creek, becoming friends with a shaman were all part of the experience. Images from Belize.

"Costa Rican Adventure"
Rachel's half a year in Costa Rica as environmental coordinator of a local, bilingual school in Monteverde with side trips to volcanos, sea coast, lowland forests including a trek across the BEN (El Bosque Eterno de los Ninos).

God's control of the environment
Interview with Kim Shippey
Christian Science Sentinel
August 22, 2003

Sustainability: Practical Spirituality That Heals
World Religions Conference
Grand Rapids, Michigan
November 2, 2002

Energy: A Front Burner Issue
Principia College
Elsah, Illinois
Earth Day April 22, 2001


Talks: Costa Rica Adventure | Good Things | Living with the Maya | Oil in the Amazon | What is a Tropical Rainforest?