Cekkebration of Local Authors

Evelyn Dabritz

I was born at French Camp, near Stockton, California, in 1930. I moved around a lot in my early years. My love of nature grew when I roamed the woods from a one-room house, with no electricity or water, near Tacoma, Washington.

I graduated from Stockton High and, then on to College of the Pacific with a degree in Physical Education. I married David Dabritz, my husband of 66 years. We had three sons and one daughter. I finished a General Elementary Credential at Whittier College. I taught First Grade for nineteen years and Kindergarten for five years for the Whittier City Schools.

Retirement brought me to my home in Cayucos. In 1992 I became a docent for State Parks at the Morro Bay Museum of Natural History where I share my knowledge and love of nature with hundreds of boys and girls attending school tours at the museum. I am also a docent at the elephant seal rookery at Piedras Blancas for Friends of the Elephant Seal.

My
work at the museum led me into writing children’s nature stories. My first publication was Bonnie Barnacle Finds a Home. I received grants to partially fund the publication of three of my books from the Morro Bay National Estuary Program; How the Innkeeper Worm Got a Full House, The Kelp Condo Crisis and It’s Not Easy Being a Pelican. For the grant I distributed 400 free books, for each award, to schools, museums, and libraries.