Kathryn is a child of the early 70’s, left to roam free all day and only asked to return home “when the street lights” turned on. That was life in Pacific Grove, CA –a place where she always found a reason to be outside, surrounded by quiet forests and the crashing waves of Asilomar Beach. As Kathryn matured into an adult, she realized the imprint she received from her unstructured time in nature continued to support and guide her as and adult. Naturally when she became a mother she wanted her child to receive the same nature connection. That meant moving from Seattle to Vashon Island in 2002 and enrolling her 5–year old daughter in the Wilderness Awareness School’s program on Vashon, which later became the Vashon Wilderness Program. Kathryn has experienced first hand the many benefits of her child attending VWP from age 5–12 and recommends it for all families seeking a nature–connection within a loving community for their child. Aside from her volunteer position as a Board Member for VWP, Kathryn has taught yoga since 1988, owns Island Yoga Center, enjoys playing the piano and hanging out on the Island with her husband, daughter and poodle.