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Natalie Stickel

guide | educator | naturalist | writer



in the

river city

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grow in knowledge, awareness, and appreciation of life's interconnectedness


support health and vitality, foster resilience through challenges, explore, and have fun


relax and cultivate gratitude, acceptance,

and ease

My mission is to foster reconnection through positive experiences in nature.


I love to share with others the wholeness I find in woods and waters.

I believe that through an appreciation of

the wild spaces around and within us, we become the best versions of ourselves and make the world a better place for all.



I lead outdoor workshops combining art and adventure with ecology and mindfulness.


Writing + Art

I write about recreation, travel, and the environment, striving to learn everything I can about the intersections of ecology, education, and social justice.
I also enjoy photography, creating nature-inspired poetry and prose, and making landscape and botanical art. 


I grew up in rural Virginia exploring marshes and climbing trees, usually with my "field notebook" in hand. I could often reach friends' houses faster by boat than by car. I then attended college in the Blue Ridge Mountains and later settled in the Fall Zone. These experiences instilled in me a deep appreciation for the natural world, especially our rivers.

I've also been fortunate enough to travel widely, and repeatedly, I've seen how a connection to the earth improves health, strengthens communities, and unites humanity.

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