Douglas Wood

SEEK Updated
Resource Types: 

Author, illustrator, musician, composer, naturalist, wilderness is hard to pin a label on Douglas Wood. Many know him best from his classic children's books like Old Turtle and Grandad's Prayers of the Earth; others from CDs or concerts or keynote presentations around the country. What connects it all is a passion to communicate in words and music the wonder and mystery to be found in the natural world and in the human story.

Douglas Wood speaks and/or performs at a variety of events including schools, concerts, workshops, conferences, etc. His talks, songs and stories are designed to empower people to pursue their dreams and goals.

Two of his most popular School Programs are EarthSongs, EarthStories and A Writer's Path: Motivation, Perspiration, Inspiration.

EarthSongs, EarthStories is a program of songs and stories, laughter and painless learning. Doug has performed it from coast to coast for tens of thousands of listeners of all ages. From a Native American legend of how mosquitoes came to be (complete with unexpected audience participation) to songs about frogs and fleas, the signs of rain and outhouses, to the quiet pondering of our place in the universe, this program takes an audience on a gentle journey. Along the way Doug "transports his listeners back into the fabric of Nature" and "reminds us of our unity with all of life." This is Doug's most popular program for general school assemblies (K-6), and it is also a perfect adjunct to any environmental education unit or event.

A Writer's Path: Motivation, Perspiration, Inspiration
The path begins with a young boy who was the poorest reader in his class and who hated school. It winds through the woods and waters of the North, through a growing love affair with nature, and finally with books as well. Doug recounts authors and experiences that had a profound effect on his life and career, and describes the long and difficult journey towards becoming a published author. As with any good journey there are highs and lows, doubts to overcome and dreams to realize. An excellent presentation for reading, writing, and literacy programs, teachers and students alike. Questions from an audience or class are always encouraged.

Douglas Wood also has written a number of acclaimed books as well as produced music CD's - both for children and adults.

For more information, please visit

Topic Areas: 
General Ecology
Target Audience: 
Grades Pre K-12
Citizen and Youth Groups
Geographic Location: 
All Minnesota
check for current pricing
Library loan: 
Is training required?: 
Contact(s) or order information.: 
WWW Link: (Add http://):