Erica Wheeler is a visitor experience specialist, speaker, educator and award-winning songwriter. She is the founder of Sense of Place Consulting and has helped thousands of people discover and enrich their sense of place connections through her Soulful Stewardship Method. Her work is grounded in the philosophy that discovering personal stories, leads to caring, which leads to stewardship.
Erica specializes in helping the staff of parks, museums and learning centers give the best visitor experiences possible. She also works with communities, organizations and stakeholders, helping them find and share their sense of place stories.
Her Soulful Stewardship techniques have been proven effective in evoking sense of place connections anywhere, from urban to historic sites to the wilderness.
Since 2013, she has worked extensively with the National Park Service, offering interpretive skills trainings for their staff from Yosemite National Park to Independence Hall. She has also worked with other cultural and natural heritage sites across the country, including state parks and museums.
Erica is also an award-winning songwriter. Her most recent CD "Good Summer Rain" was sponsored in part by the Trust for Public Land. The CD was the winner of the 2008 National Association for Interpretation Media Awards for "Best Interpretive Music." Her music has been featured in the Washington Post to the Bay Area Guardian as well as on NPR's "All Things Considered." She has six CD's to her credit.
Erica grew up in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC and is a graduate of Hampshire College (Amherst, MA.) Originally attending college to become a wildlife biologist, she went on to become an award-winning singer/songwriter with songs that were rooted in a sense of place.
Today, she combines her background in natural and cultural history and her experience in the performing arts to offer inspiring and educational programs that deeply connect people and place.
She is based in the hills of western Massachusetts and lives beside a rushing brook in a 100 year old cottage, surrounded by dairy and sugar maple farms.
Learn more about Erica’s Soulful Stewardship Method and philosophy here