Ashley Walker - Adventures

When I'm not writing for children, I'm painting and programming, playing music and planting trees with kids. Check out our adventures below.

Mentoring Young Inklings

It’s been a joy to work with talented young writers through the Society of Young Inklings anthology program. Each Inklings Book features stories and poems written by youth (in grades three through nine) along with letters from the mentors who guided them through revisions. The result is part celebration of powerful new voices and part practical revision guide.

2016, 2021-2022

Making Art Online, NorCal Girl Scouts

This troop took refuge in art during the long days of social distancing. Thanks to artists Candace Troy, Pete Collom, and Sarah Cray for inspiration.

2020-22

Tending the Family Farm, San Francisco Zoo

The Fisher Family Children's Zoo has been a place of discovery for millions of kids, and I was one of them! Now, as a docent, I'm introducing another generation of youth to the farm's animals and educational opportunities.

2020-21

Building and Programing Robots, NorCal Girl Scouts


My STEM workshop challenges: (1) Imagine a robot capable of navigating an arena with only a touch, light, or ultrasonic sensor. (2) Imagine a future in tech.

Fall 2019

Touring the Bay Area, Su Viet Zither Ensemble


The Su Viet Zither Ensemble brought Nhã Nhạc—court music from 13th century Hue—to Bay Area stages at the Palace of Legion of Honor, Mid-Autumn Harvest Festival, and Myanmar Benefit Concert.

Spring and Fall 2019

Supporting the Performing Animal Welfare Society, Galt, California

While visiting PAWS for book research, my kids fell in love with Nicholas and insisted on "adoption." Retired from a circus—where he'd been trained to ride a tricycle—this Asian bull elephant now roams the sanctuary's acreage in Galt. PAWS provides life-long care for Nicholas and other exotic animals exploited by the entertainment industry and private collectors.

Ongoing

Appreciating Vietnamese Culture Through Music, Vietnam

Part homeland tour, part music tour—this Vietnamese American NGO adventure took us from Hanoi to Hue, playing and teaching and learning in the home of the đàn tranh.

Summer 2019

Composting and Growing Food, NorCal Girl Scouts


This incredible Green Team took on the problem of cafeteria waste, creating a system for moving uneaten food into the hands of hungry kids and food scraps into a garden composter.

Spring and Fall 2018

Ringing in the Lunar New Year with the El Camino Youth Symphony Orchestra

In a concert aimed at bridging East and West, our piece, "Trống Cơm-La Paloma," combined Vietnamese and Spanish folk music.

LNY 2018

Making Art Online, NorCal Girl Scouts

This troop took refuge in art during the long days of social distancing. Thanks to artists Candace Troy, Pete Collom, and Sarah Cray for inspiration.  

2020-21

Tending the Family Farm, San Francisco Zoo

The Fisher Family Children's Zoo has been a place of discovery for millions of kids, and I was one of them! Now, as a docent, I'm introducing another generation of youth to the farm's animals and educational opportunities. The Family Farm is currently closed due to COVID, but you can visit the Zoo by appointment.

Early 2020

Designing, Building, and Programing Robots, Nor Cal Girl Scouts

My STEM workshop challenges: (1) Imagine a robot capable of navigating an arena with only a touch, light, or ultrasonic sensor. (2) Imagine a future in tech.

Fall 2020

Touring the Bay Area, Su Viet Zither Ensemble

The Su Viet Zither Ensemble brought Nhã Nhạc—court music from 13th century Hue—to Bay Area stages at the Palace of Legion of Honor, Mid-Autumn Harvest Festival, and Myanmar Benefit Concert.

Spring and Fall 2019

Supporting the Performing Animal Welfare Society, Galt, California

While visiting PAWS for book research, my children fell in love with Nicholas and insisted on "adoption." Retired from the circus—where he'd been trained to ride a tricycle—this Asian bull elephant now roams the sanctuary's acreage in Galt. PAWS provides life-long care for Nicholas and other exotic animals exploited by the entertainment industry and private collectors.

Ongoing

Appreciating Vietnamese Culture Through Music,Vietnam

Part homeland tour, part music tour—this Vietnamese American NGO adventure took us from Hanoi to Hue, playing and teaching and learning in the home of the đàn tranh.

Summer 2019

Composting, Growing, and Sharing Food, NorCal Girl Scouts

This incredible Green Team took on the problem of cafeteria waste, creating a system for moving uneaten food into the hands of hungry kids and food scraps into a garden composter.

Spring and Fall 2018

Ringing in the Lunar New Year with the El Camino Youth Symphony Orchestra

In a concert aimed at bridging East and West, our piece, "Trống Cơm-La Paloma," combined Vietnamese and Spanish folk music.

LNY 2018