When I was a child I had an old orange sleeping bag. Many nights under the stars were spent in that sleeping bag and there I perceived my smallness in the universe. The daytime adventures that followed, showed me the diversity and relationships in the natural world. I stood in wonder of the stature of the Redwoods, and the delicateness of the poppy blooms. I marveled at the depth of the Grand Canyon, and the ever-changing shoreline of Laguna Beach. I watched sea otters pry open studded urchins, and gawked at eagles circling volcano calderas. In the middle of nature, I understood the interconnectedness of all beings and the beauty of diversity. As Shakespeare eloquently states, “One touch of nature makes the whole world kin” and as a small child I experienced that all things were tied to me and I to all things.
Today I am an Instructor of Natural Science in both the Environmental Science program and Outdoor Education department at Montreat College. I earned my Natural Resource Management Certificate from Harvard University and both my Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Environmental Education from Montreat College. I am currently an working on a second masters in Harvard University's Master of Liberal Arts in Sustainability. My work on “Green Play and Attention Deficit & Hyperactivity Disorder” has been presented at the Richard Louv’s Children & Nature Network International Conference and at the Environment and Design Research Association’s (EDRA) Research Symposium.
I believe that moving towards a sustainable future will take all of us, and that the evangelical community and the scientific community need to have some deep heart to hearts. May we dream of a “new world” where humans and environment co-exist harmoniously and where God is more fully understood through those relationships.