What you do at Westwood Hills Nature Center?
I am the Nature Center Manager and am in charge of managing the staff, programs and facilities at Westwood.
I am a 1986 graduate of Northland College in Ashland Wisconsin, majoring in biology/outdoor education and minoring in natural history. I have been employed full-time in the naturalist field since 1988. I was previously employed full-time by the River Bend Nature Center in Faribault, MN and the Nantahala Outdoor Center in Bryson City, NC.
How has nature impacted your life?
Nature has always had a special place in my life. I grew up near the Dodge Nature Center in West St. Paul, MN. I was involved in attending programs from kindergarten to high school, as well as being a Junior Naturalist and a volunteer. These experiences helped shape my desire to pursue a career as a naturalist.