Forest Educators aren't afraid to get a little dirty...
IWe have passion for getting people connected to nature.
We work long hours in all kinds of weather. We're the staff trainers, and the office assistant, and the janitor and the marketing manager too.
We stay up late looking at YouTube videos on new nature crafts or researching the Swedish Folklore about birch trees.
Our fingers are stained from natural clays & black walnut pigment.
This podcast is for all of the educators who are deep in the trenches, because you are not alone, and I see you. You're part of a larger movement that is changing humanity and we're gonna talk about it! I hope you enjoy the show.
Two Episodes Land Each Week:
Forest Spotlight Episodes
Every Monday, I discuss topics that are relevant to educators who are doing the hard work every day. We dive into important issues like program design, nature awareness, Rites of Passage, tracking, entrepreneurial skills, staff training & more.
Inspiring Forest Leader Interviews
Every Thursday, I discuss the field of forest education (in all of it's many forms), with experts and leaders who share their journeys, their challenges & successes. We hear important voices from all over the world so we can all see our work as part of a greater movement.
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Inside the Snow Shelter
Winter 2004, Lake Tahoe, CA
Hawk Circle Wilderness Education Director
Founder of The Forest Educator Initiative
Ricardo's journey into nature education formally began in 1985 as a summer camp counselor at 'Summer at Hawthorne Valley' in Harlemville, upstate NY. He began by sharing nature and wilderness skills to children and teens that he'd studied under many wilderness instructors and practitioners, and seeing incredible benefits they delivered.
Over the last 35 years, he has led, taught, directed and facilitated programs in summer camps, day long workshops, intensive trainings, after school programs and festivals, to name a few.
He brings a wealth of knowledge hard won from decades of experience, and he enjoys helping others to get the benefits and build their own uniquely inspired programs. He enjoys building positive mentoring relationships with anyone who is passionate about helping the world be a better place. For more details about his background, click HERE.
Teaching Fire by Friction
Sanctuary at Crowfield Farm,
Summer 2014, Newark, NY