For Learners

Observe. Understand. Participate.

The writer, John Steinbeck, and marine biologist, Ed Ricketts, made observations about the world around them. Making observations, and discussing them together, allowed them to gain a deep understanding about nature and human communities. Steinbeck and Ricketts also valued participation. They went beyond observing and understanding the communities around them. They got involved.

The Western Flyer Foundation invites you to follow in the footsteps of Steinbeck and Ricketts. Check back here for ways to make observations, to deeply understand, and to fully participate in the world around you!


Steinbeck and Ricketts thought a lot about communities. Human communities, like the hard-working farmers in Salinas Valley, and animal communities, like the vibrant invertebrates that live in tide-pools, were common themes in their writing and research. 

One way to understand and participate in your community is to learn about its history. The Western Flyer Foundation and its partners are sponsoring the first annual Student History Slam.

Print and enjoy this coloring book about two friends, John Steinbeck and Ed Ricketts, and their journey to the Sea of Cortez on the Western Flyer.

Imprima y disfrute este libro para colorear sobre dos amigos, John Steinbeck y Ed Ricketts, y su viaje al Mar de Cortés a bordo del Western Flyer.