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Monthly Archives: January 2016


How to Commune with Nature in Cleveland

“Nature” is probably not the first word that comes to mind when you think of Cleveland. You’re more likely to think of a rust-belt, industrial city. Or maybe LeBron James. But if you spend a little time here, you’ll learn that there’s a lot of ways to get outside within 60 minutes of downtown.

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On Becoming an Aspiring Outdoor Educator

I have come to realize the transformative power  of time in nature. My first taste came when I took my daughter for a short hike near Squire’s Castle in the Cleveland MetroParks. She was 4. It was just a walk in the…

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Beginnings…And Beginning Again

    As a teenager growing up in greater-Cleveland, Ohio, I spent my formative years teaching sailing, coaching swimming, and working at the local pool. Like most of my peers, I went to college to get ‘a good job’. I graduated,…

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