Inspiring Learning in Nature:
Observing plants and animals has always brought me joy. However, inspiring curiosity in others and sharing specific techniques for learning in nature brings me even more joy. That is why I am passionate about teaching groups and individuals; kids and adults.
In addition to leading monthly nature journaling outings with the North Coast Nature Journal Club, I also teach workshops and give lectures for schools, nature preserves, community colleges, birding groups, the native plant society, and other institutions. More about my services here.
A recent participant in one of my classes had this to say:
Marley Peifer rocks as a naturalist guide – can’t say enough good things about this guy. He’s knowledgeable, inquisitive and passionate about Nature, and this inspires everyone participating in his tours. He’s also an accomplished journalist and will help you get going on your own work with his encouraging comments. Don’t miss a chance to go on his outings!
Another project that I am passionately pursuing is an immersive exploration of the most critical biocultural stories on the planet. Over the next decade of my life I will visit the top ten most biodiverse countries on the planet, documenting the endangered relationships between human cultures and natural systems. In a synthesis of essays, photos, and illustrated field notes these Intertropical Impressions will provide a uniquely observant and evocative perspective. So far, I have started with Ecuador, Costa Rica, and Tanzania. You can own a piece of the first iteration and be a part of the project by buying Intertropical Impressions: Volume Three here. The next regions on my list are Mexico, Brazil, and Indonesia. I aim to bring attention to the compelling human-nature interactions in these places as well as provide a lasting work of subjective biocultural ethnography for a near future when these traditions and the species they are connected to are likely to be extinct.
I have had the opportunity to spend two weeks with the Hadzabe bushmen of Tanzania, one of the last hunter gatherer cultures on the planet. I followed the men on their hunts and used sketches and notes in my journal to record their interactions with their environment.
Cultivating and Eating Biodiversity:
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 astounding diversity of plants. We often grow more than 75 varieties of tomatoes for our summer sale and propagate from seed or cutting more than 20 types of perennial leafy greens.