Hi! I'm Fallon, co-founder and director of EdenAcres. I also get the opportunity to engage in my true passion - teaching outdoors - as one of our Forest School instructors. over the past 10 years I've worked in sustainability and outdoor education and nonprofit leadership. I've had the joy of collaborating with organizations such as Swallowtail School & Farm, FG Community Alternative Learning Center, Roots & Shoots, FG Community School, & Centro Cultural to develop and teach youth programs. I also teach sustainability education courses at Pacific University. I have a deep passion for the natural world and love to share this love of our beautiful world with others.
I grew up in Connecticut and studied Ecology and Environmental Science at the University of Maine. I've worked as an outdoor educator all over the United States from Minnesota teaching urban ecology and guiding wilderness canoe trips to Colorado leading educational activities high in the San Juan Mountains, and California at an outdoor school in the Sierra Nevada Mountains where I worked alongside birds of prey teaching conservation. I am happy to call Oregon my home now and where I continue to enjoy teaching and playing outside whether that is rock climbing, identifying plants, or sharing my passion for the natural world with others. My favorite bird is the Great Blue Heron, and my favorite book is A Sand County Almanac.
I grew up across the mountain west - from the dense forests of Oregon to the deserts of New Mexico. From a young age, I had an interest in playing outside that led to a passion for the environment and outdoor recreation. After earning my degree in environmental science from the University or Oregon in Eugene, I took life on the road and spent several years working for the National Park Service as a ranger in parks across the country. I hope to someday complete the entire Oregon section of the Pacific Crest Trail.
My love for the outdoors and nature began in Alaska where I grew up. I have worked with youth outdoors in summer camps, garden education programs, and afterschool programs. I received a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of San Francisco and an M.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana, focusing on sustainable food systems and environmental education. I love sharing my days with children in forests and farms, building fairy homes, and watching and listening to birds!
I'm a lifelong nature lover and Portland native. I graduated from Humboldt State University with degrees in English and Environmental Ethics. Through my work with organizations including Youth Educational Services, the Jefferson Project, and the Redwood Chapter of Environmental Education and Interpretation, I've helped expand access to outdoor education in the North Coast region. My background in yoga instruction and youth sports coaching inspire me to teach in ways that equally engage mind, body, and soul.
I grew in Upstate New York and earned a B.Sc in environmental education and interpretation at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse. From leading backpacking trips with teens across the peaks of the White Mountains of New Hampshire to conducting field research in the boreal forests of the Adirondacks in New York, I’ve worked in a variety of outdoor positions across the Northeast. These experiences have helped me cultivate a deep fascination and reverence for the natural world. I believe there is wisdom and guidance to be found in nature, and in all my endeavors I hope to help guide others towards developing their own personal connection with the natural world.