What's That Flower is a beginners guide to the more common wildflowers of the eastern U.S published by DK Books London, UK and written by Mr. Edmondson
After four years of crisscrossing America conducting interviews with people from all walks of life- government officials, working biologists, national park rangers, and private citizens- he produced “Black & Brown Faces in Americas Wild Places”
The book's purpose is to create a set of “Outdoor Role Models” for the African American community. He feels it is important for them to see individuals who LOOK like them with similar life experiences talking about their passion for nature and the outdoors. He is convinced that the future of conservation in America is tethered to People of Color reconnecting to their outdoor cultural traditions. Their influence and political power as population demographics shift will determine the sustainability of America’s environmental protection policieswhich influence an entire planet.
Furthermore, Dudley’s worked with children all over the country sharing his nature photography skills, flora and fauna identification, and various outdoor skills. He is a very “hands on” outdoor person and feels that kids need to experience nature for themselves in order to appreciate it.
One of his greatest achievements is the St. Paul, Minnesota School District adopting his book, Black & Brown Faces, as a textbook for students enrolled in their AVID (Achievement Via Individual Determination) program. This national program is adopted and funded by individual school districts around the country, and is an elective course for students. The program’s aim is helping average students and students who might be the first in their family to go on to college to achieve their educational goals.
In 2010 Dudley's book and conservation work landed him an invitation to the White House Conference on America's Great Outdoors where he briefly met with Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar. It was a great honor to be in the room when the President signed the Great American Outdoors Initiative. He will remember this day for the rest of his life as the catalyst that strengthened his commitment to make the outdoors and conservation more culturally inclusive.