What you do at Westwood Hills Nature Center?

I’m an interpretive naturalist.

Background/experience

Since earning my degree in environmental education from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, I have worked at Warner Nature Center, Lowry Nature Center, Dodge Nature Center, Baker Near-Wilderness Settlement and Campfire Minnesota.

How has nature impacted your life?

I was fortunate enough to grow up with the natural world right outside my back door and was given the freedom to explore it at will. I can’t imagine life without time spent in natural spaces. It is a dream come true for me to be able to share that passion with others every day.

What is your favorite animal?

Whoever we happen to come across that day! I’m a big fan of the toads, squirrels and snails that make an appearance during our programs and get students excited about the animals who call Westwood home.

What are your interests and hobbies?

I’m happiest when spending time outside, whether that’s hanging out in my hammock with a good book or working in my garden.

What is your favorite activity or program at Westwood?

I think pond study is always a lot of fun; you never know how many tiny, fascinating creatures live in our 10,000 lakes until you’re up to your elbows in the weeds and muck.

What is your favorite place at Westwood?

On the lake, in a canoe.