Inspiring Learning in Nature:
Exploring and observing the beautiful and meaningful intricacies of life forms has brought me joy since I was a kid. However, inspiring curiosity in others and sharing techniques for learning in nature brings me even more joy than pristine nature itself. I have tried many different nature connection techniques and schools of thought and so far, I firmly believe that nature journaling is the most powerful tool for learning in nature.
In addition to leading the monthly North Coast Nature Journal Club, I also teach classes and lead walks at several events and organizations. In October of 2017, I will be teaching a four session Nature Journaling class through Santa Rosa Junior College. It should be fun! I have several locations planned that I am really excited about. The information will come out in the fall catalog: https://communityed.santarosa.edu/
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Kids in Nature:
Some of the most inspiring work that I do is with nature education for kids. This work is very fulfilling and fruitful for me since I consider nature the ultimate repository of learning and I consider children the best learners. My role is to structure a safe environment for children to interact with nature while giving them tools to better understand the world around them.
Propagating Plants With a Purpose:
I am passionate about the plant kingdom and our human relationship with the botanical sources of food, fuel, medicine, etc. In other words I am a plant geek. Working at the nursery of the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center allows me to keep my hands accustomed to the physical work and my intellect stimulated by the overabundant diversity of plants. We often grow more than 75 varieties of tomatoes for our summer sale and propagate from seed or cutting more than ten types of perennial leafy greens.
At home, I do a fair amount of gardening myself and I get to test out many of the unusual varieties and species from my work. Last winter, I harvested and ate five different species of perennial root vegetables from my garden most from different families.
Conveying information through compelling and aesthetically pleasing words and images is one of my greatest passions. I have done freelance illustration and design projects for individuals, events, and organizations. I’m currently working on several nature-based children’s books and graphic novels. If you need someone to illustrate your story or flesh out a concept for you then contact me with your idea. I can also be commissioned for drawings, illustrations, and paintings.
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