May 20, 2018 BELLE’S JOURNEY Book Launch and Nature Walk n’ Talk at Rushton Woods, Willistown, PA

Celebrate the release of Belle’s Journey with author Rob Bierregaard and illustrator Kate Garchinsky in an outdoor event at Rushton Farm of the Willistown Conservation Trust.
Book Reading, Art Project & Guided Nature Walk hosted by Rushton Nature Keepers (RNK). The goal of RNK (still for children ages 7-12) is to provide youth with abundant opportunities to develop a meaningful relationship with the earth, which will fuel a lifelong desire to safeguard the environment.

More details to come.

November 11, 2017  Red Fox Book Talk at the DVOC/Academy of Natural Sciences

Hosted by Kate Garchinsky Author/Illustrator and DVOC – The Delaware Valley Ornithological Club

When: Thursday, November 2, 2017
7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Where: The Academy of Natural Sciences Meeting Room
1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103Peer into the secret life of a local illustrator of children’s nature stories at the next meeting of the DVOC (Delaware Valley Ornithological Club!In this visual presentation, local bird artist and children’s illustrator, Kate Garchinsky, will lead us through the creation of her narrative non-fiction books for children. She’ll share her step-by-step process, from field research, to specimen studies, to dummy sketches, to color art. We’ll get some sneak previews of Kate’s future nature titles, including an osprey book with DVOC member Dr. Rob Bierregaard, her next “Secret Life” bat book with Laurence Pringle, and some very recent work on the Carolina parakeet.

This presentation is for both adult and youth audiences. The presentation is not in the main museum—it takes place on the first floor, 19th street entrance. Check in at the desk and let them know you are here for the DVOC meeting. Running time is 35 minutes (starting around 8 PM) plus 10 minutes for Q&A, artwork viewing, and book orders and signing. More information can be found on the Kate’s Red Fox Event Page on Facebook.

Kate Garchinsky illustrates and writes children’s books and educational media in her studio in Edgmont, PA. Kate received an Eckelberry Fellowship at the Academy of Natural Sciences in 2015, where she has spent time researching and sketching from specimens of extinct North American birds. Her studies of the passenger pigeon accompanied an article by Joel Greenberg in Birding Magazine in 2014, marking the centenary of Martha’s death in the Cincinnati Zoo. Next month Audubon Magazine will feature her illustrations of the Carolina parakeet as we approach the centenary of its extinction. Kate Garchinsky will be publishing illustrated life histories of both species in 2018.

Kate has illustrated three non-fiction kids’ books: “The Secret Life of the Red Fox” (2017) and “The Secret Life of the Little Brown Bat” (2018), written by Laurence Pringle, and “Belle’s Journey: An Osprey Takes Flight” authored by Dr. Rob Bierregaard (2018).

Get to know more about Kate and her bird art at

The Secret Life of the Red Fox


October 8-11, 2017

The Art & Craft of Nature Writing and Illustration Retreat

  • What? A working retreat for writers and illustrators (aspiring, or published) with an interest in nature stories and a need to unplug. Faculty and guests include Kate Garchinsky, Julie Zickefoose, Laurence Pringle, Mary Colgan, Karen Boss, and Rob Bierregaard
  • When? Sunday, October 8 at 5:00pm through Wednesday, October 11 at 1:00pm.
  • Where? The Highlights Foundation
  • Why? Because our work matters.

Kate with RED FOX author Laurence Pringle.

5/12 Willistown Junior Birding Club Book Event

What: The Secret Life of the Red Fox Book Signing and Art Workshop

When: Friday, May 12, 2017 4:30-6:30pm

Where: Rushton Woods Preserve, 911 Rushton Woods Preserve, Delchester Rd, Newtown Square, PA 19355 MAP

Why: This charming children’s book gives a beautifully illustrated look into the lives of foxes. Illustrator, Kate Garchinsky, will give a drawing lesson at RWP, all kids will receive a signed copy of the book (to be included in registration fee). Must pre-register by April 28th with Blake Goll 610-353-2562, ext.20 or Or use the SignUp Genius website

How Much? FEE (info coming soon)

What’s the Junior Birding Club? Club Membership is $25/family for the year. Non-members pay on a per-program basis ($5 per child). Programs include birding trips, arts and crafts, bird banding, owl banding, butterfly and bat counts.

4/29 Book Reading and Nature Walk

What: Storytime and Local Nature Walk

When: Saturday, April 29, 2017 10am-12pm

Where: Big Blue Marble Bookstore 551 Carpenter Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19119 MAP

Why: Join local children’s author Anna Forrester (Bat Count) and illustrator Kate Garchinsky (The Secret Life of the Red Fox) for a special Earth Week storytime featuring local wildlife stories, followed by a nature walk in Carpenter’s Woods a few blocks away.

How much? FREE

Bring: walking shoes, and binoculars if you have them

4/28 Philadelphia Science Festival Book Reading

What: Star Party Storytime at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum

When: Friday, April 28, 2017 at 7:30pm

Where: Visitor Center, USFWS John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum
8601 Lindbergh Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA, 19153 MAP

Why: Come to storytime for a special nighttime reading of The Secret Life of the Red Fox by illustrator Kate Garchinsky. Join the biggest stargazing party in the region as area astronomers provide tours of the night sky that will unlock the wonders of the universe. First 20 kids receive a free fox poster! (Ltd 1 per household)

How much? FREE

Bring: Flashlights, bug spray, walking shoes, and kids… wear your PJs!