Teacher Loki has been teaching young children through PP&R EE programs since 2009. Loki enjoys working with children in nature because it gives him a chance to facilitate a better understanding of the natural world to the next generation. His favorite animal is the Amur Leopard (here in Portland he spends a lot of time looking for slugs, bugs, birds and squirrels!) In his spare time, he likes to go camping in the Mt Hood National Forest.
Teacher Pika joined the Lil Nature Kids/Nature School team in September 2012. She loves working with children in nature because she notices children's personalities bloom when they are outside. Teacher Pika believes being in nature is simultaneously grounding and inspiring, and she is thrilled when she gets to witness enthusiastic, imaginative, creative play unfold alongside the wonder of discovery. Although partial to Pikas (hence the nature name!), she also really likes octopods and intertidal zone creatures. When not teaching, Pika likes to play with her family (husband & two daughters) and spend time reading, camping and gardening.
Teacher Hyrax worked with our summer program as a site coordinator and is continuing as a preschool naturalist. Hyrax has worked with children in numerous facets, her most recent in the classroom.
Teacher Wren began working with the Lil Nature Kids/Nature Preschool program in 2008. She enjoys working with children in nature because she likes to see kids making their own discoveries! Some of her favorite moments are when kids are so excited about discovering something that they are shouting at her and the rest of the class “You guys! Come see this! Come see what I found!” Teacher Wren loves birds - all of them! She enjoys knitting in her spare time.
Teacher Gnome began working with our preschool nature program in Fall 2014. Last summer, she helped organize and run our summer preschool program. (She also likes to work with bigger kids too, and has also helped with our teen program in the past!) Teacher Gnome is often a goofball, but also loves to teach young children real ecology! She likes to play games and make activities fun and engaging!
Teacher Lizard Wizard
Teacher Lizard Wizard started working with Environmental Education at Portland Parks in the summer of 2015 where he helped with both the youth and preschool camps. He quickly became famous for his elderberry branch vials full of glitter. Lizard Wizard is a guy who makes everything magical, plus he knows a ton about plants, and teaches children (and our staff) all kinds of interesting information!