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Each presenter and facilitator shares information and thoughtful insights based on
years of experience and a deep love of children and the natural world.


is the Director of Hooked On Nature?s early childhood workshops.  She is an educator and children's advocate, with particular interest in nature, early childhood issues, parent education and family literacy.  She received her teaching credential in Early Childhood/Kindergarten Education at Whitelands College, (London University) England.  Building on her experience as an early childhood/kindergarten teacher Diane has developed a series of Children and Nature programs for parents and educators including Plant a Seed: Grow a Reader.  She also developed and directed a Vietnamese/Hispanic Parent Literacy Program in cooperation with Head Start in San Jose and seminars for teen girls and their mothers in East Palo Alto, California.  
is the Coordinator for the Leave No Child Inside initiative in Baltimore, Maryland. She has a long practice in the fields of theatre and filmmaking and uses her skills as a writer, director, and producer to create projects that promote strong and caring relationships. Mary also teaches communication courses at Goucher College and the Community College of Baltimore County and is very active in her community. She lives in the Jones Falls Watershed of Maryland with her husband and two teenagers.
brings a unique set of talents to her workshops.  She is an accomplished musician and storyteller, licensed psychiatric technician and founder of Tender Tracks Tails and Trails, an outdoor pre-school.  Her collections of songs and innovative tales, along with her unique style and personality, have brought delight to hundreds of children and adults.  Wendolyn brings to her work a lifetime of love and knowledge of the natural world.  Her passion and spirit have guided children in their instinctual connection to the joy and wonder of the earth for 16 years.  She is the mother of two grown daughters and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.