Michelle feels strongly that the first steps to protecting our home are educating, increasing diversity, and developing positive personal experiences outside. Her current passion is creating pollinator gardens at home and teaching others to “lose the lawn”, to make way for biodiversity. She has a ton of fun teaching environmental education to young people and adults through in-class presentations, field trips, guided hikes, workshops, and nature camps. She is also serving as President on the Board of Directors for the Iowa Prairie Network.
She graduated with a Master's degree in Biology from the University of Nebraska - Omaha. In college her desire to teach professionally began as a graduate teaching assistant of biology students. She gained practical experience with habitat management through past partnerships with The Nature Conservancy, Pheasants Forever, and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
Her mantra is: Engaging, Educating, Encouraging, and Empowering People to Connect with Nature!