We are always excited for our newest Teaching Naturalists to share a little bit about themselves! Meet Hannah Hacker, one of two new Naturalists who will be at Upham Woods for the Spring 2019 season.
My name is Hannah Hacker and I’m grateful to have recently started working as a teaching naturalist at Upham Woods. Born a Wisconsinite, I grew up catching frogs, examining rocks, and going on hikes with my dad, who taught me how to observe and shared his awe for the world around us. That early love for nature led me to study Biology at Wheaton College, IL, where I not only had the privilege of studying plants and animals, but also began to learn about connections between environmental stewardship and human well-being. One summer spent working in a nature center at the northern Wisconsin camp Fort Wilderness helped me discover my passion for not just studying the natural world but also enabling people of all ages to engage with nature, experience the thrill of making their own observations and discoveries, and inspire them to care for the land. Now I’m excited to learn more about theories and practices of environmental education in this position, grow as an educator, and explore the land around the Wisconsin River with guests at Upham Woods.