Becky McConnell CONTACT Becky McConnell

I’ve experienced the power and danger of nature, its subtle intriguing intricacies and its magnificent soul stirring beauty. Each experience leaves its mark and shapes my perspectives.

MORE ABOUT BECKY

Title: Interpretive Naturalist

What you do at Westwood Hills Nature Center: Teach about nature. Guide, explore and share outdoor experiences with others. Mentor, train and work with volunteers and junior naturalists, work on special projects, and care for the animals including our Red-tailed Hawk.

Years of experience: I started as an intern at Westwood Hills Nature Center in the Fall of 1987… 25+ years as a naturalist.

Briefly describe your background/experience in your field of work.
I started out as an intern at Westwood Hills Nature Center followed by seasonal work at Westwood, Maplewood Nature Center, Belwin Outdoor Center and Three Rivers Park District. I also worked in a variety of roles with the International Wolf Center and enjoyed several summers working as a natural history guide in Alaska leading hiking and rafting trips.

Q: What is your favorite animal? Lots of favorites…dragonflies, wolves, arctic terns, otters, chickadees.

Q: What are your interests and hobbies? I enjoy spending time outdoors with family and friends…kayaking, camping, swimming, hiking, cross country skiing. I also enjoy traveling and reading.

Q: How has nature impacted your life? How has it not? I’ve experienced the power and danger of nature, its subtle intriguing intricacies and its magnificent soul stirring beauty. Each experience leaves its mark and shapes my perspectives.

Q: What is your favorite activity or program at Westwood? It depends on the season, but I love maple syruping in the spring, snowshoeing in the winter, honeybee programs in the fall and adventure programming in the summer.

Q: What is your favorite place at Westwood? The Y-dock on a spring morning, “fern gully” in the middle of summer, the prairie in the fall, on the lake ice in the winter.