When my family came out to visit me in the Pacific Northwest, one of the places we visited was Orcas Island. While Mom and Ab were napping, Dad and I traveled to the shore to do some great exploring. In our adventure tucked under one of the rocks was a healthy sea star! Being that I had only ever seen sea stars in captivity, the joy of finding one was euphoric.

Some of the best things I have done in my professional development have occurred only briefly. While not an extensive adventure, I try to take these "Sea Star" opportunities whenever I can to better myself as an environmental educator.

Wilderness first responder

  • Middlebury College, VT
  • February 2015

Urban Environmental Education Certificate: Expert

  • Cornell University Civic Ecology Lab, online
  • April 10-June 4, 2017

Northwest Wood-Based Biofuels and Co-products Conference

  • Seattle, WA
  • May 3-4, 2016