Holly Schmaling

Residence: Delafield, WI/Manitowish Waters, WI

Married with two grown sons.

A major in Wildlife Biology, Holly later became involved in habitat restoration in the forest preserves of northern Illinois, sparking an interest in native plants and invasive species that continues to this day.

Between Lapham Peak in Delafield, the Ice Age Trail, and the many trails up north, she enjoys hiking with her Great Dane, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing.  She also enjoys lake swimming, kayaking, gardening, and leading volunteer habitat restoration workdays at Lapham Peak.

Why become a Master Naturalist? She took the Master Naturalist course to learn more about the natural wonders of the Northwoods (how cool are bogs?!) and to better share her passion with others.

Favorite resource: An admitted field guide junkie, Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide (for the keying) and Wildflowers of Wisconsin and the Great Lakes Region (Black and Judziewicz) are go-to’s.  Her newest favorite is Trees and Shrubs of Minnesota (Smith). –  comprehensive and very applicable to northern Wisconsin.

Words of Wisdom: Everyone is a steward of the earth. (Credit Dick Theile, past MN graduate).