A Narrative of Florida History By Barbara Cairns


         Almost 1000 Species of Bats!

      Charlotte and Ben from the U.K.

Wildlife Jeopardy  (Scorpions)  March 8, 2014

       KYLE, a clever HONOR ROLL STUDENT


    Parker, a 4 and 1/2 -year-old teller of TALL TALES

Wildlife Jeopardy (Skunks)   January 8, 2014

 Outdoor Event due to Education Center Renovation

Visitors from Brooksville, FL and Michigan

Barbara's Other Activities...
Wildlife Jeopardy (Eagles) December 14, 2013

 Barbara with a sweet photographer named, JUSTICE!

Pinewood E.S, Stuart, FL  May 4, 2013                      Wildlife Jeopardy Program (Whooping Cranes)                          

         Wildlife Jeopardy (Bobcats)  April 13, 2013


 FCHNS Writng Workshop at Citrus Hills  4-12-2013

PLOT & CHARACTER with Judith Rock



 Five-year-old Bella with turtle carapace

Volunteer Appreciation Event  March 2, 2013

     Rainbow Springs State Park 

        Whip-Cracker, Jimmie J. with Catahoula Leopard dog, Ashes

WILDLIFE JEOPARDY   (FOXES)  February 16, 2013

Barbara with Jean and Kathy from east coast of Florida

Barbara with Park Visitors, Elly and Noland 01-23-2013

Wildlife Jeopardy (Otters)  January 12, 2013

Celebration of Lights at HSWSP  December 20, 2013

Wildlife Jeopardy Program  "Flamingos"  December 8, 2012

Lunch with Park Buddies  October 30, 2013  at ABIGAIL'S in Dunnellon (Connie, Karen and Nancy)


Plotting Workshop Brainstorming Group 9-22-2012 

Juanita, Barbara, Loretta, Barbara G. and Rhonda


Barbara with 5-year-old home-schooler, Emily on her first field trip.         September 5, 2012 Ellie Schiller HSWSP

Barbara with Author Clarissa Thomason at FCHNS Meeting   September 1, 2012        Beverly Hills Library

Author with Presenter Loretta at PLOTTING WORKSHOP        August 25, 2012     Homosassa Library

Wildlife Jeopardy (ARMADILLOS)   May 12, 2012

 Matthew from Georgia loves armadillos. (and red-eared sliders!)

Wildlife Jeopardy   "REPTILES"    April 14, 2012

Barbara presented with Friends of HSWSP Award  

  April 11, 2012


Wildlife Jeopardy   "BATS"   March 10, 2012

Wildlife Jeopardy (Bears)  February 11, 2012

 Presenter with Home-Schoolers, Luke and MacKenzie

Wildlife Jeopardy Program (Amphibians)  January 14, 2012

      Ashley, a fourth grader loves ALL animals.

Wildlife Jeopardy Program (Opossums) 12-10-11

RED HATTER EVENT with Carolyn H.

Children's Education Center with Park Volunteers 11/11


"Author's Night"     Lecanto, Florida  10-27-11

 Author with 4th Grade Teachers and Parents


    Florida Chapter Historical Novel Society Members         Set up For Fundraiser in Beverly Hills  10-14-11

        Barbara, Historian and Rick, Membership Chairman


 Joyce: President, Meredith: Critiques, Marian: Public Relations, Carol: Rules and Procedures, Barbara:Historian and Judy: VP and Programs 


UNF Writer's Conference  August 5th-7th, 2011

 Barbara with Children's Book Workshop Leaders

    Jane Wood (

    Frances Keiser  (

 Critique Group: Elsie, Debbie, Pat, Melissa,Tom and Patty


Wildlife Jeopardy  "OTTERS"  May 14, 2011


Presentation "WHOOPING CRANE" May 5, 2011

 Presbyterian Fellowship Hall,  Crystal River, FL



"BOBCAT" PROGRAM   April 9, 2011



Manatee Physicals at HSWSP  April 6, 2011

Award Presented  March 29, 2011

wildlife Jeopardy "DEER"   March 12, 2011

Wildlife Jeopardy "COUGAR"   February 19, 2011

Inaugual Meeting of Florida Chapter Historical Fiction Society

  Central Ridge Library  1-3 p.m. February 5, 2011

 Secretary, Loretta Rogers and Chairperson, Joyce Moore


Wildlife Jeopardy "Foxes"  January 8, 2011


Wildlife Jeopardy "TURTLES"  December 11, 2010



Highland Festival in Scotland, CT  October 2010


 Annual get-together with Barbara's former music teacher

                 Catherine and Barbara at the

      Goodspeed Opera House October 2010


      Visiting Family in Hampton, Connecticut 10/2010

    Barbara with Sis and Brother-in-law, Bob


     Niece Trudy and Family (Mike and Ben)

                         Nick and Jess


      Niece Joan and Family (Jerry and Marina)


Their new adopted dog (Australian Cattle Dog) Ozzie


           Ozzie arrived all the way from Florida

              along with other rescue dogs.


Two Good Friends from Labrador and Germany days


     Evelyn and Barbara get together again

         in New England (October 2010)

Red Hatters Visit Chihuly Collection Glass Exhibit 9-17-10

The Splendor of New England in Autumn (October, 2010)

             Possibilities for Future Paintings?



Barbara By Chihuly Creations  St Petersburg, Florida 9-17-10

         A Gorgeous Chihuly Chandelier

Author Joins Les Chapeaux Rouges Red Hatters Group

 Luncheon at McLeod's in Inverness, FL    August 27, 2010

Author Pets and Feeds Rosie at Two Tails Ranch  8-23-10

                          SUPPORT ELEPHANTS!!!

Visit Two Tails Ranch at 18655 N.E. 81st Street, Williston, FL 32696

                    [email protected]       352-528-6585

Author Receives Surprise Gift from Hubby After Signing Contract for Picture Book,  Gatsby's Adventure (July 2010)

  3-ft tall "Gatsby will be a great addition at future

    book signings for Gatsby's Adventure

Celebratory Luncheon with Elaine S. and  Susan S. ( July,2010)

   YEA! Signed a contract for my first picture book,

                      Gatsby's Adventure!

Wildlife Jeopardy  "WOLVES"  May 8, 2020

       Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park Volunteer

       shows her painting of a Red Wolf during program

AMPHIBIAN PROGRAM ( Wildlife Jeopardy)        4-10-2010

Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

        Presenter's Painting of a Pig Frog


NaNoWriMo "Cold Reads"   March 27, 2010

                Homosassa Public Library

L-R:    Moderator: Flossie Benton

  Authors: Loretta Rogers (See )

                 Elissa Malcohn (See "Malcohn's World" )



     Barbara with Loretta for First Page "Cold Reads"

      Barbara with Elissa for First Page "Cold Reads"

Wildlife Jeopardy March 20, 2010 Whooping Cranes


Handlers cannot talk when wearing the crane costume on left wall, but make a lot of noise to scare cranes out of wetlands (to follow ultralight) when playing "SWAMP MONSTER" (right photo)

District-Wide Volunteer Appreciation Day (FL State Parks)


 Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park  March 13, 2010



   HPWSP Volunteers, Karen and Barbara outside CEC,

        their "hangout" on Wednesdays.


Park Volunteer Meeting  March 9, 2010

Wednesday "Musketeers", Karen, Helen & Barbara


Three Authors Meet Up at Heritage Days (Homosassa)3-6-10


      Elaine, Betty, and Barbara Share a FUN Moment!


Wildlife Jeopardy BEAR Program  February 13, 2010



Wildlife Jeopardy Presentation (Reptiles)

                         January 9, 2010

Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park 

"Which one is poisonous?"  (Left, harmless Scarlet King Snake

and Right, deadly Coral Snake)


            Wildlife Jeopardy  Presentation (Armadillos)

December 19, 2009    Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park


     Picture Book Boot Camp November 7, 2009

              Lake City, FL (Columbia County)

Barbara with LISA WHEELER, Author and Leader of Boot Camp

LISA WHEELER, signing book for fellow writer


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October 19, 2009   NaNoWriMo "Kick-Off"  Meeting

(National Novel Writing Month) Inverness Library

 Barbara with Panel Member/Author Loretta Rogers

Annual Chili Cook-Off Championship

 Author wins 1st PLACE with

Barbara's Vegetarian Chili ($250.00 prize)  

Nature's Resort in Homosassa, FL  October 10,2009


Music Group "TRI-PHI"

Father and Daughters Perform at Chili Cook-Off


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 SUMMER CAMP at Homosassa Springs Wildlife S.P.          "Trader Jane" and Barbara at Nature Academy June 2009



Barbara and J.D. at Nature Academy June 2009



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                   May 9, 2009

    Wildlife Jeopardy (DEER Program)


Did you know that both female and male

          caribou grow antlers?

                    April 11, 2009

  Wildlife Jeopardy (Whooping Crane)


                 March 31, 2009

Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park


          6991 W. Cardinal Lane


 Owner of Homosassa Butterfly, Bobby Vigliotti



      "Wildlife Jeopardy"   

              March 14, 2009

            Program: FOXES   

      There are 21 species of foxes!

Two kinds are found at the HSWSP...

The Gray Fox...

(Family of gray foxes in Barbara's yard)


            Red Foxes


  "Reading with Rocky Program"

                February 14, 2009

  Rocky looking over TURTLE Display

      Who Knows the ANSWER?

The Carapace, the Plastron and the ...?

          Different Feet for Different Turtles

Two H.S. Students from Ohio Visited as part of a school project.

                       Barbara's RWR Helpers


                       January 2009

             Amphibian Program at Park


                   Barbara's Painting of a Pig Frog


               Barbara showing picture of a Caecilian 




 Visitor's Center HSWSP     December 2008

                         RED WOLVES PROGRAM




 Reading with Rocky Program


                                May 10, 2008

                    Audience Interaction


                RADIO SPOT For HSWSP

                              April 29, 2008

                     STATION WGRO  Crystal River                  


                       April 12, 2008   PARK

                WADING BIRDS PROGRAM



                    February 9, 2008

        Reading with Rocky  (Reptiles)


                    January 12, 2008

             Reading with Rocky (Bats)

                   Homosassa Springs

                   Wildlife State Park



                        December 8, 2007

       Reading with Rocky Program


              OPOSSUM PROGRAM

                    William, the park opossum


                 October 15, 2007

         Reading and Writing Appreciation Day

            Presentation of Owen & Mzee

           (with Papier Mache Animals) 

                Homosassa Elementary School



                 LITERACY DAY Presentation

                         September 8, 2007

         Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park 

"Feeding" a Baby Whooping Crane


              Teaching at Local Schools

          Writing and Geography Presentations




          Using A Machete

Cutting Cabbage for Manatees at Wildlife Park



 Interviewing a Cracker Cow Dog

       A Catahoula Leopard Breed



          Painting in Oils

               Inglis, Florida



       Presenting at Wildlife Park

       Reading with Rocky Programs


 "Reading with Rocky" Program in local magazine CC Life

Presenting with Fellow Park Volunteer, Helen

Reading with Rocky (2nd Saturday of month)



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