Wild Hudson Valley
A life-long resident of the Hudson Valley, Justin has devoted his life to sharing his love for the natural world. Obsessed with nature from when he was an infant, he has spent most of his life either in the outdoors or in his ethnobotanical research. More than anything, he loves sharing his passion for understanding the human relationship with the environment.
Justin has fifteen years of experience as an environmental educator, wilderness camp counselor and historical interpreter. He has a BA in History and Anthropology from Marlboro College in Marlboro, VT; a Professional Certificate in Environmental Policy from Bard College; a Master of Arts in Teaching from Bard College, and a New York State Teaching Certificate.
Anna Plattner grew up in the Hudson Valley, spending much of her time Catskill Creek watershed, where she fell in love with her natural surroundings. She pursued a degree in Natural Resources at Cornell University, and returned home to become the manager of the largest agroforestry project in the world, American Ginseng Pharm. She co-leads walks and workshops with Justin, and has a wealth of knowledge in local ecology and a friendly, infectious enthusiasm that will persuade anyone to fall in love with our environment.