Hi. My name is Kirsten Hope Walker and I am the Founder of The People and Nature Connection. I am a life-long environmental educator with a myriad of experiences in formal and non-formal education. Environmental education is not just science; it's so much more. It involves history, math, literature, art, consumer economics, physical education, psychology as well as the physical and life sciences.
I fell in love with the natural world when I was a child growing up in Houston. My brothers and I would be outside from dawn until dusk and my fascination was with the bayou behind my house. There were several acres that my house backed up to and about a quarter mile past our back fence was a natural (non concrete) bayou that had an abundance of wildlife. My favorite animal was an anole. I would watch them for hours as their dewlap would puff out in its inflamed red coloring as a way to ward off predators.
My love of the environment has never changed despite my varied career experiences. I have always taught about nature in some way. I have also used my love of learning to gain advanced degrees in education to focus on multiple modalities of teaching and I have applied those to my job positions. I also have an interest in eco-psychology because I love to watch what effect nature has on people of different backgrounds. I have been blessed for the professional experiences I have had so far and I look brightly to the future.
There are websites out there that focus on the environment. I wanted this website to be about the undeniable connection of people and nature. I thought that along with helpful information on plants and animals, I would also include people who take a special interest in the environment. I plan to have artists and experts featured monthly as well as events that are nature related. The animal and plant profiles will hopefully give you an appreciation for what is out there beyond the four walls of your house and will be available in a PDF format for educational purposes.
The website is meant for a nationwide audience and I am always looking for contributors from different areas of the country. Please email me if you are interested.
Please ask questions, make comments, or just say hello.
Hello, My name is Kirsten Hope Walker. I have been an environmental educator for over 20 years. My passion is talking to the public about how to coexist with wildlife. It's my hope that you will ask questions and find my features and blogs interesting. Thanks for your support.