John E.F. Curator

(My philosophy.)

I have loved being in the outdoors ever since I was a little boy. I still remember those days I showed my childhood friends the amazing world just in their backyard. I have explored many a woodland and field in order to find some peace of mind, in order to find clarity within my own life, or just to cleanse my troubled mind from the stresses of humanity.

When I take a look at nature, and see the fantastic array of life and all of it's capabilities, I can sometimes feel small, but when I realize I am just a part of this amazing world, and that I am included within the interconnections of this intricate world we call nature, I feel big.

I do believe that when I connect with the natural world, I am closer to whatever god, deity, or floating space bagel created it and myself. I believe it was Einstein who said to "Tear the mask off nature, and stare at the face of god."

(My background in nature)

I lead nature, and birding tours for several organizations, including Richmond Audubon Society, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, and Friends of Joseph Bryan Park. In the future I may teach a class for Virginia Master Naturalists, and lead tours for Virginia Tree Stewards.

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