Dan leads active and hands-on nature experiences for kids of all ages to learn while having fun.
Dan began his career as a Wildlife Biologist, and still maintains good connections with wildlife researchers. His passion, though, is connecting kids (and adults) with nature. As a qualified teacher and avid naturalist, Dan is committed to taking children outside to experience our natural world. His goal is to instill a sense of reverence for nature in everyone that he teaches.
Dan has shared his passion for nature with thousands of children and adults as a resource interpreter with the Grand River Conservation Authority. Currently he is working with Conservation Halton at Mountsberg Wildlife Centre and Crawford Lake Conservation Area. He also works with groups at local libraries and schools, as well as presenting animal identification workshops at several nature centres, including Kortright Centre for Conservation in Kleinburg and The Arboretum at the University of Guelph.
Years ago, a teacher called him Dan the Nature Man, and that name stuck.
Dan has authored many nature and travel articles for a variety of journals, including ON Nature, WILD and Canadian Geographic, among others. He received an award for Outstanding Leadership in Environmental Education from the Ontario Society for Environmental Education, and a Watershed Interpreters Network Award for Excellence in Watershed Education.
Mostly, he loves connecting kids (and adults) with nature.