Residence: Presque Isle, WI/Mexico
Career: Health care field and medical research, school health curricula and programs, mental health teaching and counseling.
Raised in Milwaukee, Joan raised four children then migrated to northern Wisconsin, where she built her “home in the woods.” She has worked and taught here and abroad, including Switzerland, Africa, and Arctic Alaska.
I most enjoy: Travel and immersion in other cultures, gardening, Mah Jongg, reading, kayaking, yoga, and sewing pelts. In Mexico she walks the beach and occasionally has the opportunity of rescuing a misdirected sea turtle.
Why become a Master Naturalist? To understand more about the land and aquatic ecosystems of this area. She wants to inspire others to see, appreciate, care for and enjoy our natural resources.
Favorite Resources: A Field Guide to Edible Pants (Peterson), A Field Guide to Animal Tracks (Marie), The Audubon Society field guides.
Words of Wisdom: Finding both challenge and growth through immersion in diverse circumstances, I believe…Diversity is as necessary for sustainability of the human race as it is for all other living things in the natural world.