I recently saw an article posted by REI titled How to Support Organizations Working Toward a More Inclusive Outdoor Community. It included a wonderful list of organizations working toward racial equality when it comes to getting people (and kids in particular) outside.
While I don’t have a lot to give monetarily, I realized I do have something else. I have my treasured author’s copies of some of my books. Most people don’t know this, but when you author a book, you only get 15 or 20 free copies of the book. After that, you can buy some at a “discount” from the publisher. I say discount in air quotes because you can often get a better price for your own book on Amazon. (That’s a whole other topic.)
These copies are very important to me. I usually hold on to them for a special occasion or to donate to a silent auction or to a school. But now seems like a good time to give them up to support some of these great organizations working to get ALL kids outside.
Nature and the outdoors aren’t just things I write about or enjoy. They bring me life. They give me happiness that other things just can’t touch. And I think as many people as possible should have the opportunity to experience them, too.
I just received my author copies for my new book, The Ultimate Book of Scavenger Hunts. If you would like a copy, please make a $20 donation to one of the above organizations, and then let me know you did by emailing me: firstname.lastname@example.org. I will cover the shipping (book rate) to you.
If you’d like another book, I do have a handful in my stash, including Plants You Can’t Kill, Ranger Rick Travels to the National Parks, and 101 Outdoor Adventures to Have Before You Grow Up. If you want any of those, just make a donation and let me know via email.