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National Mall and Memorial Parks, Washington, DC

"We brought Erica in to help us master the art of storytelling and to learn how to share the meaning of these places even more effectively. When we worked with Erica before, it was one of the most meaningful experiences of my career. I was thrilled by seeing the growth in rangers and the inspiration they gleaned.”

 

 
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Independence National Historic Park, PA

What reached me in your training was connecting to thattaproot that feeds my body, soul and spirit. It is that taproot that nourishes my energy creativity and thus my ability to prioritize what really matters. It's so important to know what makes us tick so we can change ourselves and the world.

 

 
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Cape Cod National Seashore

"I observed my staff applying Erica's approach and feel that the level of programs this year was just outstanding. Even our more "science based" interpreters brought in more of the emotional, reflective techniques.  Her ideas were especially effective for creating that baseline of connection that leads to meaningful dialogue. I personally used her techniques in my programs and found they were incredibly powerful every time, with all ages. We're looking forward to continuing to use what we learned." 

“In the hour she spoke and sang for us, she had all of us in the room reconnected to the land, to our special memories, and to our passion for the work.” Lee Hayes, Vice President, Sippican Land Trust, MA

”I first met Erica at a retreat at the Center for Whole Communities. She was the only artist in a group of mostly professional conservationists where a focus was learning how to touch hearts, not just minds.That’s just what Erica does with her songs ...she captures years of work in minutes of feeling.” Kathy Abbott, Executive Vice President, Trustees of the Reservation, MA

”I was able to connect with a deeper side of myself. As a marine, I don’t always feel comfortable expressing philosophical or emotional feeling with strangers. However, these activities encouraged just that and the universally positive responses encouraged me further.” Interpretive Training Participant, Yosemite National Park, CA

Clients and Case Study Links

Interpretive Skills Training National Park Service

  •  Acadia NP
  • Adams NHP Case Study
  • Assateague Island NS
  • Big Thicket NP Case Study
  • Cape Cod NS
  • Everglades NP
  • Fredrick Law Olmsted NHS
  • Ft. Stanwix NHS
  • Gateway NRA
  • Governors Island NM
  • Grant-Khors NHS
  • Great Smokies NP
  • Hopewell Furnace NHS
  • Independence NHP
  • John Fitzgerald Kennedy NHS
  • Marsh Billings Rockefeller NHS
  • National Mall and Memorial Parks
  • Niagara Falls National Heritage Corridor
  • Salem Maritime NHS
  • Saint Gaudens NHS
  • Sagamore Hill NHS
  • Saugus Iron Mill NHS
  • Springfield Armory NHS
  • Yosemite NP

Select Keynotes & Breakout Sessions

  • American Horticultural Society Youth and Garden Symposium
  • National Association for Interpretation Annual Workshop
  • National Association of State Park Directors
  • National Religious Partnership for the Environment
  • Wisconsin Governor's Conference on Tourism
  • Maryland Land Trust Alliance
  • Idaho State Parks and Recreation Conference
  • Human Dimensions in Natural Resources Conference

Youth Leadership

  • World Wide Walden Youth Summit, The Walden Woods Project
  • Wyoming Youth Congress on Children and Nature
  • Youth Conservation Corps, Trustees of the Reservation,
  • Young Writers and Artists Festival, Hathaway Brown School
  • Youth Leadership Academy, New Bedford Whaling National Historic Park

Other Training Sites

  • Arkansas State Parks Spring Training
  • Maryland Parks and Recreation Association Conference
  • Montana State Parks Spring Training
  • Historic Deerfield
  • Idaho State Parks and Recreation Conference

Environmental Educators Events

  • Georgia Environmental Educators Conference
  • Massachusetts Environmental Education Society
  • New England Environmental Education Alliance
  • The Murie Center

Academic Seminars

Undergraduate & Graduate

  • Antioch New England Graduate School, NH (Seminar)
  • Mount Holyoke College Center for the Environment,
  • Paul Smiths College
  • Teton Science School
  • Sterling College
  • Washington University

K- 12

  • Four Rivers Charter School
  • Journeys School
  • Sterling Community School,
  • All Saints' Episcopal Day School
  • Thoreau Institute
  • Four Rivers Charter School


CD Reviews
”If this CD doesn’t compel you to get outside and enjoy what little green space we have left, put it on for a mental break while you’re stuck in the concrete grid of rush hour.” -Performing Songwriter Magazine

”Listening to Good Summer Rain is like flipping through the photo album of an Ansel Adams road trip. Each artfully created song transports the listener to a particular location, like a snapshot in time.” -Planet Jackson Hole News

”Her songs measure the cost of urban sprawl not in terms of species endangered, but in memories lost. Her lyrics evoke all the trails we’ve hiked, the streams swum, the trees climbed, and all the moments of growth enjoyed there—the silent epiphanies, the stolen kisses—without ever sounding preachy. But when she drops the truism “Your children won’t know (the land) the way I did,” suddenly your local zoning battle may seem a little more interesting.” -Yankee Magazine