Being out in nature is my touchstone, my refuge. It energizes me, but also calms me.
MORE ABOUT MARK
Title: Interpretive Naturalist
What you do at Westwood Hills Nature Center: Teach and connect people to nature.
Years of experience: 22
Briefly describe your background/experience in your field of work. I came to this field of work later in life than many others. The journey here has been long and winding. I am very fortunate in having arrived.
Q: What is your favorite animal? Dog
Q: What are your interests and hobbies? Hiking, fishing, hunting, birding, camping, reading.
Q: How has nature impacted your life? Being out in nature is my touchstone, my refuge. It energizes me, but also calms me. I walk my dog twice a day, 365 days a year.
Q: What is your favorite activity or program at Westwood? Kindergarten Forest Treasures. We lead the students on a 45 minute treasure hunt, looking for “Forest Treasures. They mark their treasures on a map and are given a wood round with an animal on it.
Q: What is your favorite place at Westwood? Depends on the season. Winter: The pines; Spring: Sugarbush; Summer: the lake; Fall: Basswood Trail.
Q: Feel free to add anything else you would like to mention below.
Being able to both share nature with others, as well as help guide them in their connection to nature, is the part of my job I love the most.