Jen discovered her love of the outdoors while attending college in the mountains of central Pennsylvania. As a geology major, she learned about and experienced the natural world through fieldwork. She also discovered caving and spent time backpacking on the Appalachian Trail. In pursuit of environmental interests, Jen moved west to attend graduate school for hydrology. Captivated by the Rocky Mountains and the arid climate, she stayed in New Mexico to work as an environmental consultant and eventually started a family. These two passions fueled a fascination for learning and discovery with young children and ultimately led her back to school to study early childhood education. Jen has shared her interest in natural sciences with preschool and elementary-aged classrooms, substitute taught and volunteered in a Montessori program, and assisted in teaching science classes. She also developed and ran her own informal forest preschool program. Jen recently relocated to the Northwest with her family for a change of pace and scenery, and has been falling in love with it ever since. She enjoys exploring new trails and vegetation with her family and dog, having water nearby, and walking barefoot in her grassy backyard.