After graduating with a degree in Biology, Anna quickly realized her true passion was environmental education in early childhood. Anna obtained her teaching license and M.Ed in early childhood and early childhood special education from the University of Minnesota. In 2014, she had the opportunity to develop and pilot the first nature-based preschool class in Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools, as a way to carry out the district’s E-STEM initiative. Anna is actively involved as Advocacy Chair of Natural Start Alliance’s Council of Nature and Forest Preschools and Co-Founder of MnECO, an organization providing professional development on nature-based learning for early childhood educators in Minnesota. Anna is passionate about helping provide nature-based learning opportunities to ALL students in Minnesota and has worked with several schools and teachers in Minnesota to help this become a reality.