Meet the Author: Julia Heckathorn
We believe that when people go looking for a small piece of nature, they discover the fascinating natural world. We invite readers to join our characters on just such expeditions through books, websites, and outreach events. Work on the Search for the Hidden Clover book series began in 2009 when author and illustrator, Julia Heckathorn, was inspired by the unscathed beauty of forest on a hike to a hidden waterfall. Julia realized that pictures alone could never sufficiently capture the true beauty and wonder of nature for young readers.
Thus, Hidden Clover seeks to deliver a perspective changing experience that involves immersion through books, websites, videos, activities, experiences with nature, and other media. Hidden Clover seeks to serve children, the community, and the world. We establish partnerships with preservation organizations to help preserve endangered species and donate a portion of revenues to these causes. Julia and her husband also strive to regularly serve in ways such as building wells for clean water in the jungles of Peru, and taking care of exotic animals for the enrichment of children who learn through the experience of meeting them.
We realize that environmental preservation is frequently in contention with economic interests. At Hidden Clover we strive to conduct business in a way that honors our dedication to preserving the environment, recognizing that this comes at a cost. We further strive to do business with partners who have responsible stances regarding environmental matters. Finally, we seek to educate children and adults alike on activities in everyday life that can help improve and preserve the environment.
Our current conservation commitment is focused on our hands-on work on Escudo Island in Panama to save the critically endangered pygmy sloths. This work is being accomplished through education, local economic enhancement, christian ministry, and various projects to raise up awareness and environmental sustainability on the island and the nearby mainland. All proceeds from books and events go towards these projects in Panama.
About the books
Reviewers call it “Not just another book but an educational, interactive experience.”