My name is Nolan Richard, and I am overjoyed to be in Cohort 13 of SOU’s Environmental Education graduate program. I come to this program to find skills, knowledge, and direction to achieve my ultimate goal of teaching natural history to adults. My dream would be to start the country’s first undergraduate or graduate program in Natural History! My short story is that I grew up in Lafayette, California, went to the University of Oregon for Environmental Studies, and then worked a bunch of seasonal jobs before deciding on grad school. During these post-undergrad years, I worked at three different outdoor science camps, attended a one-year immersive wilderness college, and spent a year leading work parties and coordinating school programs for the City of Bellingham’s Parks Department. In my free time, I like to study natural history; for me, that means birdwatching, wildlife tracking, plant identifying, and all things in between. Otherwise, I enjoy procuring fancy cocktails and cheese boards, playing sports and board games, and asking people questions. Relentless exercise keeps me grounded. A couple of fun facts about me: I’ve now lived in 8 distinct places in the Northwest, I’ve never been to Costco, and I’m still looking for some tennis partners (hit me up if you’re a 4.0/4.5 player and want to play sometime! – Also ping pong, I want to play that too.) I’ve noticed that I really love it here in Ashland, and I anticipate that I may want to stay for a very long time. I look forward to integrating into the community, building strong relationships, and working together to make this place even better.