With their last child graduating from college, Audrey and Frank Peterman embarked on a road trip around the country to “discover America.” Traveling 12,000 miles across 40 states from Florida to Washington State, they were transformed by the stunning natural beauty, history and culture protected in our National Parks and forests. Shockingly, they saw less than a handful of Americans of Hispanic, Asian, African or Native American heritage enjoying the Great American outdoors, or working in them. Recognizing that this problem stemmed from a lack of information, misconceptions and latent fears about being in the woods, the Petermans resolved to become a catalyst for change. Since then, they’ve crisscrossed the country multiple times, visiting 156 national parks, numerous forests and wildlife preserves; served on a plethora of environmental boards; inspired hundreds of thousands to discover and support our national treasures, and personally taken thousands of Americans on tours of the national parks.
Founded in 1994, this consulting and publishing company has provided services to
> The Audubon Society;
> The Environmental Protection Agency;
> The National Park Service;
> The South Florida Water Management District;
> The Environmental Defense Fund;
Earthwise Productions, Inc. tailors strategic approaches that assist government agencies, nonprofits and corporations to engage a wider, more diverse section of the population in the enjoyment and stewardship of our publicly owned lands.
The book filmmaker Ken Burns calls ‘A wonderful complement to our series, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea’
The captivating story of the Petermans’ journey through the national parks and the environmental world enables Americans to look at our country with new eyes. It shows that Florida to Alaska, Americans of every race contributed to the protection of our most treasured places.
“A MUST read,” declares Dr. Erieka Bennett, founder of the African Diaspora Mission and 2009 Trumpet Award Winner. “I find myself looking at the trees, the birds. . .things I never noticed before I am seeing in a whole new light of appreciation.” Read More
Archiving 15 years of travels, discoveries and advocacy on behalf of people and the environment.. Read More
The Second Biannual Conference and Expo will take place in Washington, DC, September, 2011.
Frank, Audrey, and their company Earthwise Productions, Inc. have been featured in Audubon, Ebony, Essence, National Parks, Odyssey Coleur, and Sailing magazines; the Miami Herald, Atlanta-Journal Constitution, the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, CNN Online, USA Today online, and the Washington Times as well as in the book, “Black Faces in America’s Wild Places.” Radio & TV interviews include the Tavis Smiley Show, MSNBC and Fox 5 Atlanta.
Honors and awards include: The Spirit of Sweet Auburn “Legends, Heroes & Heroines Award,” May, 2010; the Atlanta Tribune’s “Power Couple,” February, 2009; “The Environmental Hero” 2000 Award from Vice President Al Gore and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; The Marjory Stoneman Douglas Award for “Outstanding Citizen Advocacy on Behalf of the National Parks,” 1997; The Everglades Coalition’s “George Barley Leadership Award,” 1997; the Roundtable Associates Outstanding Business Partner Award, 2000 and the Miami Herald’s “40 to Watch for the Millennium.”
Frank is the Director of Political and Public Awareness for The Wilderness Society, Southeast Region, and serves on the Board of Visitors of the Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University; Sustainable Atlanta and Earth Share of Georgia.
Audrey is President of Earthwise Productions, Inc., and recently completed 9 years service on the Board of Trustees of the National Parks Conservation Association, currently serving on the National Council; the Board of the Association of Partners for Public Lands and the Board of the Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper.
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