Ask the Planet

Award-winning children’s music

Ask the Planet is the Biomimicry Institute’s award-winning album of children’s music, created to help connect children to nature and develop a sense of awe for the environment.

Every song is joyously performed by The Missoula Coyote Choir and Friends with guest artists including folk greats: Ani DiFranco, Bruce Cockburn, Brandi Carlile, Dar Williams, Erin McKeown, Laura Love, Bill Harley, and Bill Sims, Jr. All songs written by Amy Martin.

Ask the Planet is such a beautiful, beautiful thing. Amy Martin’s song writing and her direction of the children’s choir, and children soloists… so moving and inspiring! My favorite album of the year.”

~ Neil Harvey, host and senior producer, Bioneers Radio Show

Awards and Recognition

  • Creative Child Magazine – Preferred Choice Award (selected by a panel of over 100 moms and educators)
  • 2009 iParenting Media Best Product Award
  • 2009 Parents’ Choice Award

Why Children’s Music?

Parents and educators have long called for more creative and palatable approaches to raising awareness about environmental problems. Today’s children need positive solutions and realistic tools, such as biomimicry, to address the environmental challenges that they will grow up with, and this album will help to inspire and motivate them to make a difference. The album can be used as an educational tool in both formal and non-formal educational settings. Accompanying teaching guides are available for each song.

Teaching Guides

These teaching guides were created for children in elementary school and include connections to language arts and social studies. Spanish translations are provided for three of the songs.

Album Credits

Lyrics & music © 2007 Amy Martin
℗ 2009 The Biomimicry Institute

Executive Producer: Bryony Schwan & The Biomimicry Institute
Produced by: Allison Miller & Amy Martin
Project Coordination: Cindy Gilbert
All songs written by: Amy Martin
Recording engineer: Michael Bongiorno
Assistant engineer: Jon Miller
Mixed by: Todd Sickafoose at Earycanal
Mastered by: Alan Douches at West West Side Music
Illustrations: Emily Harrington

The Missoula Coyote Choir

The Missoula Coyote Choir is a children’s music ensemble founded by Amy Martin in the summer of 2007. Ranging in age from 7 to 12 years old, the group strives to raise ecological awareness and build community through music. Members appearing on this album are: Winnie Lohof, Rosie Cerquone, Riley Slayden, Pema Baldwin, Megan Cady, Lance Fisher, Kessa Juda-Nelson, Katy Clay, Katie Reagan, Katie Kendall, Josh Hoskinson, Grace Slayden, Dylan Yonce, Cameron Kia Weix, Caleb Anderson, Ari Aagaard-Shively, Abby Krebsbach.

Guest Vocals:

Ani DiFranco, Bruce Cockburn, Brandi Carlile, Dar Williams, Erin McKeown, Laura Love, Bill Harley, and Bill Sims, Jr.

Join us, wherever you are:

We believe that the widespread adoption of nature-inspired solutions will catalyze a new era in design and business that benefits both people and the planet. Let’s make the act of asking nature’s advice a normal part of everyday inventing. We hope you will join us.

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