ECO Stewards

Kathy Balman - Arizona Chapter - ECO Founder & Navigator's & Jr Naturalist Steward

Kathy Balman - Arizona Chapter - ECO Founder & Navigator's & Jr Naturalist Steward

Kathy Balman - Arizona Chapter - ECO Founder & Navigator's & Jr Naturalist Steward

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Kathy quit her full time job in July 2011 to become a stay at  home/homeschool mom to her two children. Besides being a busy mother she  is also a devoted wife, blogger, fieldtrip expert, naturalist and  social media guru. Kathy's is passionate about getting children outside  and immersed in nature which she has been doing with her own children  since they were just a few days old. It is this passion that has driven  her to create ECO, so that other homeschool children can become immersed  in nature and learn more about the natural world around them.


Kathy  is an Outdoor Wildlife Leader, Conservation Leader, Master Naturalist  (in GA and AZ), National Geographic Certified Educator, Audubon  Volunteer, SMEEC Volunteer, Keep Nature Wild Ambassador and Treekeeper  with Trees Atlanta. She is certified in Project Wet, Project Wild,  Project Learning Tree, Aquatic Wild, and CPR/first aid certified. And  she is currently working on obtaining her Environmental Educator  Certification. She has completed over 450 hrs of professional  development training in the subjects of science and outdoor education.  You can view her creditials here.


When she is not tending to children or managing several homeschool group's across the USA, she enjoys volunteering, blogging, scrapbooking,  hiking, geocaching, arts/crafts, traveling and watching movies. Read  more about the Balman family homeschool journey on their blog, Kathys Cluttered Mind.

Kylie Kary - AZ Chapter - ECO Pathfinder's Steward

Kathy Balman - Arizona Chapter - ECO Founder & Navigator's & Jr Naturalist Steward

Kathy Balman - Arizona Chapter - ECO Founder & Navigator's & Jr Naturalist Steward

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 Kylie was born and raised in Arizona but didn’t fall in love with her  home state until a few years ago when her kids reached preschool age.  She noticed that her children learned naturally from observing the world  around them. She is a stay-at-home mom and currently pursuing  environmental education to learn more about nature and how we can be  aware and mindful while absorbing everything it has to teach us. She  unschools/wildschools her two kids and is passionate about cultivating  children’s love of nature, plants, and wildlife! You can often find them  outdoors, hiking, camping, exploring, getting wet, etc. Kylie and her  kids have been apart of Educating Children Outdoors for a year and she  is also a Free Forest School Facilitator. She loves journaling, reading,  cooking, doing yoga/meditating, and following the moon phases/seasons  with her kids! 

Brandi Knutson - Arizona Chapter - ECO Explorer's Steward

Brandi Knutson - Arizona Chapter - ECO Explorer's Steward

Brandi Knutson - Arizona Chapter - ECO Explorer's Steward

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Coming soon....

Candice Turalba - Arizona Chapter - ECO Navigator's Aid

Brandi Knutson - Arizona Chapter - ECO Explorer's Steward

Brandi Knutson - Arizona Chapter - ECO Explorer's Steward

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Candice  is a life-long learner and is homeschooling her two boys in the Phoenix  Metro area. She has an undying love of nature and believes that  connection with the natural world is of paramount importance for both  children and adults alike. In addition to her studies at home, Candice  often participates in educator workshops to further her knowledge of our  wonderful planet.