Hayley has always had a love for nature. As a young girl, she would often venture out into the woods behind her home in northeastern Georgia, foraging for berries and herbs, building tree forts, and studying about native wildlife. After moving to Southwest Florida, she continued to pursue an understanding of her natural surroundings.
Hayley worked as an Educator at the Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples, where she participated in creating and facilitating fun, creative and engaging lesson plans focusing on the natural sciences, art and humanities for children ages 4-16. She taught frequently about the South Florida ecosystem, including native animals, their habitat, and animal track identification.
She has volunteered at various conservation organizations—including the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, Rookery Bay Estuarine Reserve, and Calusa Nature Center—where she helped with wildlife rehabilitation and environmental cleanup.
Hayley has a bachelor’s in psychology from Portland State University, in Portland Oregon. For her senior project she took a course on outdoor environmental education where she helped create lesson plans focused on the local native plant and animal species of Tryon Creek State Park and the Greater Portland area. She led interpretive nature hikes and taught flora and fauna identification, all while educating kids on the importance of environmental stewardship.
She is also a certified Yoga teacher and in her free time, she enjoys hiking and camping with her dog Oliver, climbing, yoga, herbalism, naturalist studies, aerial arts, and silversmithing.
Hayley is thrilled to be able to share her sense of wonder and love for nature with children at Earth Native, to teach sustainability and to instill a passion in the younger generation to be good stewards of the environment.