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, volunteer, naturalist and social media guru. Kathy 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 all children can become immersed in nature and learn more about the natural world around them.
Kathy is an AZ Certified Environmental Educator, USNPN Certified Phenology Leader Outdoor Wildlife Leader, Conservation Leader, Master Naturalist (in GA and AZ), National Geographic Certified Educator, Audubon Volunteer, Native Plant Society Volunteer, Watershed Management Group 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. She has completed over 600 hrs of professional development training in the subjects of science and outdoor education. She is also a public speaker and has presented at conferences and webinars about environmental 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.
Brandi is a devoted wife, mother of 4, book hoarder and life-long learner. She homeschools her "A Team" (all of her kids names start with the letter A) who range in age from 5-15 yrs old. She has lived in AZ since she was 11 yrs old. She and her family love the outdoors and love exploring new and exciting places. She is a child at heart and her joy and excitement are what make her an amazing part of the ECO Steward Team. Brandi has attended several AZ Fish and Game Workshops and completed many online webinars relating to natural world. Brandi is CPR/First Aid Certified.
Gwyndolyn is a nature-loving unschooler who hopes to one day work in wildlife conservation. She specifically wants to pursue being a Conservation Canine Handler and was inspired to pursue this career after hearing a presentation by Working Dogs for Conservation. She was born and raised for most of her life in Georgia and moved to Arizona in 2018 with her family. She has been an integral part of ECO since the beginning, because ECO was developed with her and her brother in mind. Gwyndolyn completed the ECO Explorers and ECO Navigators programs and is a current ECO Teen Naturalist. So naturally, it makes sense for her first official job to be an ECO Steward. In her free time she enjoys art, reading and listening to music.
Gwyndolyn has attended several AZ Fish and Game Workshops and completed many online webinars relating to natural world. She has also volunteered with numerous organizations, including Adubon, Save The Horses, Maricopa County Parks, and Keep Nature Wild. Gwyndolyn will be CPR/First Aid Certified by Fall 2021.
All ECO Stewards are CPR and First Aid Certified from 7/20/21-07/20/23. You can view certification cards here.