Co-Founder and Chair EmeritusChildren & Nature Network
Award-winning author and renowned journalist Richard Louv stresses the importance of reconnecting with nature in a digital age. Author of Vitamin N: The Essential Guide to a Nature-Rich Life and Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder.
President and CEOThe Nature Conservancy
Bestselling author and business magnate Mark Tercek promotes the planet’s natural capital, valuing the many critical services nature provides for the human race.
Resident InstructorYellowstone Association
Outdoor education instructor and local Yellowstone Park guide, David Laufenberg guides Studio 345 Journeys ambassadors on excursions through the park where they learn about wolves, birding, ecology, and biology.
CHAMPIONS FOR NATURE
Phillip O. Berry High SchoolClass of 2018
Known to many as the ‘Selfie Queen,’ Sheila radiates joy and energy at all times. Her vivacious spirit and determination will help her to achieve her dreams of attending college and advancing to a successful career.
East Mecklenburg High SchoolClass of 2018
Samirah utilizes her gift of drawing to express her feelings on her journey through life. She was given the nickname ‘Yellow Strider’ during the trip to Yellowstone. Samirah has an adventurous spirit and is not afraid to fail.
East Mecklenburg High SchoolClass of 2016
Nancy's loving, compassionate and caring spirit helps her fellow ambassadors feel at ease. Through the Journeys program, her love of nature grew so substantially that it has since caused her to change her career trajectory toward Biology.
Myers Park High SchoolClass of 2017
Asha is a friendly and engaging person, motivated by new opportunities and activities that promote learning. Asha's natural leadership skills and unique spoken word poetry abilities help encourage her peers to create.
West Charlotte High SchoolClass of 2016
Breanna is a highly invested individual, dedicating much of her energy to her fellow ambassadors and her mentors. Breanna’s bubbly attitude encourages her peers, and her generosity of spirit emboldens others to dedicate themselves just as much as she. Breanna hopes to one day be a film director.
Harding High SchoolClass of 2016
Though she may be small in stature, Ma’Niya is a powerhouse of strength and determination. Her ability to move people using her gift of song inspires her peers to create with similar passion. Ma’Niya's innate hunger to succeed will serve her well as she pursues a college education.
Phillip O. Berry High SchoolClass of 2017
Sam uses his adept photography skills to share his view of nature and the world. Sam's leadership, composure, and encouragement inspires others to take chances.
Harding High SchoolClass of 2016
Rockk's quiet demeanor can fool you. However, once you get to know him, you begin to see his jovial and considerate personality. Rockk’s ability to use humor in the face of new challenges will help him succeed in his bright future.
RAFAEL (NICK) SANTIAGO
Phillip O. Berry High SchoolClass of 2016
Nick speaks candidly and passionately about his strenuous path to gaining citizenship. He is an inclusive caretaker, making sure every one of his fellow ambassadors is comfortable. Nick currently attends Wake Forest University on a full scholarship.
Phillip O. Berry High School Class of 2017
Omavi has a way with words, and whether he’s rapping or making profound statements on the human condition, his wisdom is refreshingly mature for someone of his age. He is mindful, goal-oriented and intentional about creating his path to higher education.
Student Advocacy CoordinatorStudio 345
A gifted artist and painter, Tucker loves the art of nature and enjoys watching students discover that in their own way. She has an unyielding dedication to the safety and comfort of youth. Tucker believes that providing students with the opportunity to explore in nature is vital to our future.
Program CoordinatorASC Education
Dean has a strong love of nature and hiking which provides an outstanding example for the Journeys ambassadors. He provides a wealth of biological and ecological knowledge, and his impressive skills in lapidary, silk work, photography, and painting teach students about the intersection of the Arts and Sciences.
Teaching ArtistStudio 345
A gifted photographer and reliable mentor, Nicole provides opportunities for Journeys students to capture their stories through unique photographs. She is an inspiring role model for the students and provides an honest, humorous, and engaging experience for all who work with her.
EditorNature Matters (2016) & Spiral Bound (2014)
Stephen has been a professional editor for over a decade. He's crafted documentaries about a legendary artist, a changing education system, and students on the front-line of tragedy. He's even received two Emmy nominations for his work.
Director of PhotographyNature Matters (2016) & Spiral Bound (2014)
Jeremy Osbern has shot projects that have played at film festivals like Sundance, Slamdance, and Berlin, and have been sold for distribution all over the world. He has worked with some of the top names in the film business, including George Clooney, Lady Gaga, Jason Bateman, Zach Galifianakis, and David Mamet.
ProducerNature Matters (2016) & Spiral Bound (2014)
For ten years Chris has produced narrative, documentary, and commercial projects for your entertainment and enlightenment. He has produced content for cable, theatrical releases, and internet everywhere.
WriterNature Matters (2016) & Spiral Bound (2014)
Michael Buchanan is a renowned screenwriter, author, and producer, known best for his book and film The Fat Boy Chronicles. Michael speaks nationally at schools, utilizing both of these works in anti-bullying curriculum. Michael has been teaching and coaching for over 30 years and has written other documentary works including Spiral Bound, Last Bullet and Boxes.
SoundNature Matters (2016) & Spiral Bound (2014)
Nathan Towns is a sound mixer and film composer who has worked under some of the biggest names in the film music industry, including Hans Zimmer, Christopher Young, Henry Jackman, and Christopher Lennertz. He has composed scores of films for a variety of genres.
BARBARA ANN TEMPLE, Ph.D.
Director, Writer, & Executive Producer Nature Matters (2016)
WRITER & EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Spiral Bound (2014)
Barbara Ann has spent over three decades advocating for high-quality arts infusion and social justice in PreK-12 classrooms. Her passion for equity in education drives her passion for creating collaborative advocacy documentaries centered on children and youth. The Arts & Science Council (ASC) has produced two cultural education documentaries: Spiral Bound (2014) advocates for ensuring arts in education for all students every day, and Nature Matters (2016) advocates for the importance of ensuring children and youth engage with the natural world. Both film projects illustrate why making the arts, sciences, and history central to PreK-12 Education is key in preparing our students to be successful, contributing citizens in their respective communities.