Kenny Peavy is originally from Georgia, USA. He holds a Masters of Science in Science Education from Montana State University. He is also a certified Science and Math teacher with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Georgia. Kenny has worked extensively in ecological field studies ranging from water quality, aquatic entomology and icthyological surveys while employed at the University of Georgia’s Institute of Ecology, as well as insect herbivory and plant chemical defenses through Emory University and Oak Ridge National Laboratories.
Peavy has taught thousands of students about the wonders of Nature as a naturalist in the mountains of the San Bernardino National Forest, the piedmont of Athens, Georgia, and the rainforests of Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand. As a public school teacher Kenny has taught high school Biology and middle school Earth Science.
Kenny has also proposed and taught several courses on the natural history of Malaysia at two different international schools at both high school and middle school levels – the first of its kind in Malaysian international schools.
In 2001, Kenny was recognized as ‘Volunteer of the Year’ by the Georgia Adopt-A-Stream program for his efforts in training citizens in water quality monitoring. In 2003, Kenny was awarded a Ford Motor Company Eco-Grant to serve as founder and first chairman of the Malaysian Nature Guides to implement a volunteer amateur Nature guiding program in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. As a result, he was named ‘Volunteer of the Year’ by the Malaysian Nature Society in 2004 for his work with the Malaysian Nature Guides.
Kenny has written and published 45+ natural history and travel articles published online and in print in both the United States and Malaysia. He has facilitated over 30 workshops for teachers in all grade levels and subject areas as well as pre-service teachers, university level undergraduate and graduate students, professionals and community members. His hobbies include hiking, fishing, camping, and exploring the outdoors.
Thom Henley has been teaching outdoor environmental education most of his adult life. He is well known for launching the largest conservation campaign in Canadian history, the 13.5-year effort to save the southern third of the Queen Charlotte Archipelago from clear cut logging. Today, the line on the map that he drew in 1974 is the exact boundary of the Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site. The National Geographic Society recently declared Gwaii Haanas the best national park in North America.
In1978, together with Haida elders and community members, Thom initiated the Rediscovery program. He served as Program Director for the first seven years of the camp during which time he developed most of the activities in this book. Today, with more than 40 Rediscovery camps operating throughout the world, Thom continues his work as Honorary Director of the Rediscovery International Foundation which he co-founded in 1986.
In recognition of his conservation and human rights efforts, Thom has received numerous national and international awards. He was the first person outside the USA to be the recipient of the State University of New York’s prestigious Sol Feinstone Award.
Thom has served on the board of the Canadian Nature Federation and is a founding director of the Islands Protection Society, Earth Life Canada and Earth Day Canada. He is an Associate Professor of the Stream Keeper Academy in Washington State where he conducts annual teacher training institutes. Thom has recently been appointed to the board of the Colorado-based Earth Restoration Corps.
The author has formally lectured in more than 20 countries and studied the cultures and environments of nearly 100 nations he has visited on all continents. He has been formally adopted and bestowed honorary names by the Haida, Penan, Mentawai, Newari and Tibetan indigenous peoples of the world.
During the past decade, Thom has worked extensively with international schools throughout Asia, both in and outside the classroom. He developed the innovative Reefs to Rainforests environmental education program in Thailand as well as the Indigenous Immersion programs with the Moken (sea gypsies) of the Andaman Sea, and the Mentawai of Siberut Island, Indonesia. Thom is also involved in a long-term relief project he initiated for Burmese street kids, many of which lost their parents to the December 26, 2004 Asian tsunami.
Thom has published articles in numerous magazines in Asia and North America. He is the author and co-author of nine previous books: Islands At The Edge – Preserving the Queen Charlotte Islands; Rediscovery – Ancient Pathways, New Directions; Penan – Voice for the Borneo Rainforest; Reefs to Rainforests – A Guide to South Thailand’s Natural Wonders;Living Legend of the Mentawai; A Seed of Hope; Waterfalls & Gibbon Calls – Exploring Khao Sok National Park; Krabi – Caught in the Spell and River of Mist, Journey of Dreams.