I have sought sanctuary in natural places since I was a child. I was lucky to be raised in an era where it was expected that children played, mostly unsupervised, out doors alone and with other children. I climbed trees. I built tree forts. I caught critters of all kinds including cicadas and horny toads (now called horned lizards). I knew how to avoid the stink bugs that lived in the crannies of the mesquite tree bark. I tried to save lizards that my cat had caught. I learned the names of the major constellations on family outings to visit the night-time desert. I spent time at summer camp every year from the time that I was 8 until I was 24 and working as a camp counselor.

Now I am older. I still seek sanctuary in natural places and find rest and respite there.

I believe that humans are hard wired to be out-of-doors and that when we interact, responsibly, with the natural world we are calmer people. Research back this up. Studies show that people get well faster when they have views to a natural place or access to gardens. Other studies show that children and adults with ADHD are calmer and more focused after they have time out of doors.

I believe that children need to be protected less and challenged more. I believe that skinned knees and mosquito bites should be a badge of honor among them. To do this, they need places to go and play in unstructured, unsupervised ways. They’ll be better people for it.

As a more traditional biography:
I have an undergraduate degree in Environmental Science with minors in Religious Studies and Psychology.
I have a Master of Science in Elementary Education with certifications in Science 4-8th and 9-12th grades
I am a recovering high school teacher.
I love teaching and believe that learning is first about skill in discovery and second about fact. This is the cornerstone of scientific enquiry.