Read about a local company that’s using the great outdoors as their classroom.
As the weather gets warmer, it’s time to get the kiddos out of the house and learn all about nature and the arts.
Jana Marshall, owner and founder of The Roaming Naturalist has a goal is to do just that.
“The Roaming Naturalist is a nature-based educational experience for kids and families. Our mission is to get everyone back in the great outdoors through unique nature and art programs at local parks, schoolyards and even your own backyard. The Roaming Naturalist empowers young minds to explore nature through immersive learning experiences that encourage curiosity and self-discovery,” says Marshall.
Marshall’s career in environmental and biological sciences along with her love for the natural world is what sparked her interest in creating this company. Marshall is a Certified Naturalist and has taught outdoor education for over 13 years.
“My career also includes teaching marine science on Georgia’s coastline, working as an outfitter guide in the Okefenokee Swamp, aquatic research locally and abroad, sea turtle conservation, migratory bird research, and entomology studies, says Marshall.”
The inspiration behind this unique experience is to open and expand children’s minds to the natural world. “Research continues to show the benefits of fresh air and spending time in nature and the global pandemic has forced us to slow down and really appreciate what nature has to offer. We are excited to be a part of the movement back outside and build that connection and gain an appreciation for the ecological world, explains Marshall.”
As if the Roaming Naturalist wasn’t already unique enough, they also explore nature with you and wherever you are in a 1970’s turquoise VW bus, Minny. “We bring nature exploration to you – whether it’s a birthday party or a casual family day at the park, says Marshall.”
“The Roaming Naturalist is here to empower children, parents and teachers to get back outside and try something new! When we aren’t busy teaching groups of children and families, you can find us at a park near you, ready to reconnect with nature, says Marshall.”
The Roaming Naturalist serves K-12 and even adults, so everyone can be a part of the fun!
Marshall is excited to announce that there is a lot new on the horizon, “We’re excited to begin Screen-free Saturdays and family hikes this Spring! And if parents are looking for socially-distanced summer programs for their kids, they can browse our programs and register online. We’re keeping some upcoming adventures top secret for now, but you’ll be among the first to know if you follow us on Instagram!”