I discovered the field of environmental education as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Central African Republic, where I first realized the importance of integrating local communities into conservation. Growing up in Fairhope, Alabama, I watched my parents connect their spiritual beliefs to conservation through actions such as giving up driving and even trash for Lent. This foundation now drives my own work: With my two daughters, I took a road trip across the country for research that resulted in two books, “Natural Saints” and “Sacred Acts.” I’ve also co-authored an environmental education book for practitioners. My other writing involves essays and op-eds in places like BuzzFeed, The Rumpus, Huffington Post, and Sojourners. I love inviting students from my classes to my small house on campus with its expansive view of the mountains. In my courses, students collaborate with local communities, teaching and learning in gardens, farms, forests, and more! I love working with students in community organizing, outreach, and education in places like the campus farm, forest, and garden; urban community centers; and local schools.