Erica Wheeler is a visitor experience specialist, speaker, educator and performing artist who has helped people across the country find and share their sense-of-place stories through her inspiring programs.
Her work includes keynotes, in-house training, public performances and seminars.
Over the past decade, Erica has worked extensively with natural and cultural heritage sites across the country and recently brought her training to over 30 National Parks.
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.
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.