The Timely Message
We live on a special, wonderful planet, teeming with life. It may be the only harbor of life in the Universe! But to survive and thrive, our species must solve the global environmental crisis that’s upon us. Kids need a firm grounding in science to make informed choices in the next crucial decades to secure their tomorrow. It’s a timely issue that needs all hands on board, and I’m here to help!
I believe the best part of humanity-our curiosity and creativity-can win the day, but only if our kids are accurately informed and prepared. A bright tomorrow is within their reach, and my mission is to get them there!
TARGET AUDIENCE GRADES 3RD - 8TH
The Unique New Program
I teach science to children in accurate, age- appropriate ways that paint a hopeful picture of the future they can get behind! My award-winning children’s books, fairy tales, and colorful cartoons create a fun, safe venue for them to explore their changing world and make sense of it.
What to expect:
- Lively readings, with audio-visual enhancement, of chapters and fairy tales from my award-winning Tales by Moons-Light™ children’s books
- Active, hands-on exercises that illustrate important scientific concepts
- Opportunities and encouragement for students to express scientific ideas through their own creativity
- Coverage, through stories, of the five pillars of ecological literacy: the Universe and our place in it, the interdependency of all life, the strength in genetic diversity, the rewards of critical thinking, and the power of a single person to make a difference.
I’m a geneticist, children’s book author, and artist who’s passionate about saving our planet for future generations. By day, I’m a professor of Biological Sciences at Sacramento State University, where I’ve worked since 1996. By night, I’m a creative sprite who romps in her imagination and dreams up innovative ways to communicate science to kids so they can have the bright future they deserve.
Books by Day…
Star parties for family nights!
(Deep ecology begins by knowing where you are.)
California State University, Sacramento
Department of Biological Sciences
6000 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95819-6077
Ruth E. Ballard, Ph.D.
Professor of Biological Sciences and Forensic DNA Expert