Why the name "Mountain to Sea"?
Mountain summits and ocean depths inspire endless curiosity. The land, water, air, and people at altitudes between the summits and depths can too. Mountain to Sea is committed to inspiring learners of all ages to observe, appreciate, and build understanding of our vast natural and cultural world—a lifelong endeavor.
As founder and director, I'm drawn to innovative, interdisciplinary approaches to teaching and learning about Earth’s people and natural environments: the intersections of human and physical geography. Throughout my career, I've connected teaching about environments and cultures in K-12 formal and informal settings with field investigations, publishing, program development, teacher trainings, and public engagement.
In 2018 I was named a National Geographic Fellow, tasked with inspiring K-12 students and their communities to participate in citizen science, collecting and analyzing scientific data in order to help tackle challenges at local to global scales. With access to information and vast environmental and social challenges, I find it an incredibly exciting—and critical—time to work in education about our planet.
Founder and President
“It has been my impression that those most uncaring and prone to be dismissive of the wild lands and the magnificent biodiversity these lands still shelter are quite often the same people who have had the least personal experience with either. I think it relevant to quote the great explorer-naturalist Alexander von Humboldt on this subject, as true in his time as it is in ours: 'The most dangerous worldview is the worldview of those who have not viewed the world.'"
— Biologist Edward O. Wilson in Half-Earth: Our Planet's Fight for Life