If you know me, than you may know that one of three passions which motivate me in life is my love of the woods, and the natural world. I have exercised long-term commitment and deep focus two the other two: music and writing. I have decided that it is time to deepen this third and oldest of my passions. When I was a child and was asked what I wanted to be when I grew up I would say either a forest ranger or a zookeeper. It turns out that I have never ceased to desire a life and vocation that has to do with wild places and wild things.
In May, 2013, I will leave my supportive family in
I have chosen to receive this certification (legitimized by Cornell University's Cooperative Extension) specifically, for its particular thrust and it's aim to "leave no child inside." If I were to go and study with tracking and wilderness gurus, for the skills alone, that would be a fun but self-indulgent experience for me at this stage of life and I would never dream of asking my friends and family to support me financially in it. You see, I am not content to simply collect knowledge for my own sake, but have discovered a way forward through which I intend to enrich my community as well as myself.
I am seeking your support for this endeavor. Simply registering for the program was a leap of faith, as my family and I are living rather modestly on even more modest income already. The costs I am looking to cover are the training, books related to the training, a few supplies, and my lost wages while I am away. In short - my time away will cost money, and I plan to turn this investment from you, my friends, into a meaningful certification with which to change my life and improve the lives of others. I have numerous avenues that I plan to pursue to make this a reality. If you would like to hear about them in greater specificity, please feel free to contact me.
When I return to Lancaster in June with my certification, I will begin exploring opportunities to engage children and adults at various levels to teach and encourage awareness and a passion for all things wild and natural. This could take various forms, but one in particular that I hope to pursue is some means of getting underprivileged urban youth into the woods, to increase understanding, education, and appreciation for our interconnectedness with the natural world. I have numerous avenues that I plan to pursue to make this a reality. If you would like to hear about them in greater specificity, please feel free to contact me.
I have devised various creative rewards that it will bring me great joy to create for each and every one of you that is willing to get involved. I am a "maker" at heart, and I am confident that the things I will make to express my gratitude are quite special.
*Note regarding the rewards, which the format does not allow me space to include in their descriptions: If you already own Geillan A Prisoner's Tale, I can offer you an agreeable alternative award, or a copy of the forthcoming sequel when it is finished. Incidentally, I plan to use some of my time in NY as a writing retreat to make significant headway into that manuscript and hope to complete a draft by 2013's end.
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