Award-winning and best-selling nature writer Mary Taylor Young spent her childhood summers
roaming the Colorado Rockies from her grandparents' cabin in Estes Park. "We awoke to mule deer peering in the windows
and hummingbirds buzzing the feeders," she remembers.
Her love of wild things and the outdoors led to a degree in Zoology from Colorado State University
and a life devoted to nature and the environment.
Mary's 15 books range from Land of Grass and Sky: A Naturalist's Prairie Journey to On the Trail
of Colorado Critters: Wildlife Watching for Kids. Her next book, Rocky Mountain National Park: The First 100 Years
from Far Country Press, will be published in January of 2014.
Mary's "Words On Birds" column appeared in the Rocky Mountain News of Denver for
16 years. She has published hundreds of magazine and newspaper articles and written extensively for the US Fish and Wildlife
Service, Colorado Parks and Wildlife and other agencies and NGOs.
2013 was Mary's 25th consecutive year teaching writing at Rocky Mountain National
Park, as well as many other venues. She is an accomplished field naturalist and Resident Artist in K-12 schools throughout
Colorado. Mary was a National Park Service Artist-in-Residence at Rocky Mountain National Park in 2012.