Beckie Elgin grew up a wild-child in Iowa, seeking out the vestiges of wilderness adjacent to waterways and at the edges of cornfields with a loyal black Labrador at her side. When not out adventuring with her dog, she could be found playing with wolves at the zoo her father directed in Des Moines. Spending time with wolves and other animals allowed Beckie to develop a deep respect and understanding for other species, and this respect has continued to grow. She also learned how important it is to advocate for those who aren’t able to speak for themselves.
After leaving Iowa, Beckie moved to Arizona, then Oregon, where she raised three amazing kids, making sure to imbue them with the timeless gifts of the natural world. Family get-togethers now tend to be in remote settings to deepen the mutual connection with the Earth while reconnecting with each other.
Although life itself has proven to be the most profound education, Beckie also holds Bachelor’s degrees in Environmental Studies and English, a minor in Women’s Studies, an Associate Degree in Nursing, and an MFA in Creative Writing.
Beckie currently works as an RN and a free-lance writer. She writes primarily about wildlife and the environment, with a special focus on wolves. Her award-winning book, “Journey: The Amazing Story of OR-7, the Oregon Wolf that Made History,” was published in 2017. The book includes an online Teacher’s Guide to further the goal of educating readers on the essential role wolves play in the environment. Other publications include feature articles in Earth Island Journal, Wild Hope, The Oregonian, and others. Beckie blogs at https://wolvesandwriting.com.
Living in the hills outside of Jacksonville, Beckie enjoys hiking, backpacking, and searching for signs of wildlife, once again with a trusty dog at her side. She feels a kinship with the mission, as well as with the people, of Coyote Trails School of Nature, and hopes her contribution as a Board member will be a strong one and the relationship a long one.