“Her keynote was just the dose of inspiration we needed.”
— Chief of Interpretation, Arkansas State Parks and Tourism

1. Sense of place Keynotes

Erica’s customized keynotes to evoke a sense of place, no matter where you are, and illuminate why having a sense of place matters in our lives and our communities.

A journey through story, song and conversation which evokes personal stories and sparks ideas for rethinking what makes a place special, Erica shares examples of how evoking personal stories has inspired deeper appreciation for places and offers practical tools to help listeners apply these ideas where they are.

Attendees leave recharged, uplifted and with fresh ideas to bring home their lives and their community.

Add a breakout session and take home lessons of the keynote. More info below.

Wisconsin Governor's Conference on Tourism

Wisconsin Governor's Conference on Tourism

USFS Wilderness 50th Event, VT

USFS Wilderness 50th Event, VT

Prior Keynotes Include:

American Horticultural Society Youth and Garden Symposium
Arkansas Governors Conference on Tourism
Arkansas State Parks Winter Training
Association of National Park Rangers 
Idaho State Parks and Recreation Conference
Maryland Land Trust Alliance  
Montana State Parks and Recreation Conference
New Mexico Governors Conference on Tourism
National Association for Interpretation
National Association of State Park Directors  National Park Service Founders Day
TEDx Shelburne Falls
National Religious Partnership for the Environment
Wisconsin Governor's Conference on Tourism
Wilderness 50th Celebration This program explores powerful ways to connect people and place.

2.Sense of Place, Story and Stewardship

Using story, song and conversation, Erica takes listeners on a journey across the American landscape and the lives lived there. She shares her own stewardship journey and offers examples from her in-the-field experience working groups across the country helping people find and share their own stories connections to place.

This program helps to illuminate the diverse ways people connect to place and understand why connections are key in taking care of places for today, and the future. It will evoke your personal stories, recharge your passion for the work you do and give you fresh ideas to take back to your life and your community.

“Great way to energize the whole community.”
— Attendee, Interpwoods, Acadia National Park

Add a Breakout Session

Breakout sessions are an excellent way to bring home the lessons and inspirations shared in a Keynote. Sessions range from 1 hour to a full day.


1. Sense of Place & StorY

Gain an easy yet powerful 3-step process to see places from a fresh perspective, create engaging stories and find ways to share those stories with others. Discover a "touchstone" story about your place and experience a sense of community through shared experiences around the power of place. Leave with a creative toolkit to keep yourself inspired and inspire others. 

2. Sense of Place & 21st Century Community Engagement

Inspire meaningful connections between people and place today. Hear examples of Erica's work across the country working with all ages and a variety of settings. Gain ideas to increase caring and connection to places, no matter where you are.

3. Sense of Place & Stewardship

Explore a seven-step path for creating sense of place stories, delivering great programs and helping to connect diverse audiences to your place. Learn tools, practice techniques and generate fresh ideas you can apply to your site right away.


4. Sense of Place  In-the-Field

More than a guided walk, this reflective journey will give you skills to become a "sense of place sleuth" helping you to connect personally to the nature and history of a place, no matter where you are. Come away with a sense of place and belonging that is deeply needed in the world today.