Our Story

Mission: Balance Ways of Knowing

Reading Nature connects head and heart for a balanced approach to nature through science and art. Workshops for all ages draw on nature awareness, storytelling and comics to bridge human and nonhuman perspectives and re-story our innate connections with nature.

Vision: Respect for All

Reading Nature envisions a world where humans live in sync with nature. A time where we understand our place as caretakers of an awesome ecological web, no more or less important than any other species.  

Rachael Pecore-Valdez

Biologist | Tracker | Storyteller | Educator | Artist

Rachael is best known as the founder of the Wolf OR-7 Expedition and co-founder of a kid's nature magazine called EarthBound Journal. Trained as a scientist, Rachael holds a B.S. in BioResource Research from Oregon State University and an M.Sc. in Holistic Science from Schumacher College in the UK. Holistic Science is an approach that values different ways of knowing. Research in marine ecology, salmon fisheries and water quality led to a passion for teaching and sharing stories about land and water.  One of Rachael's favorite childhood stories was "The Tracker" by Tom Brown Jr., and in 2008 she attended her first class at Tom Brown Jr’s Tracker School. It was here that her love of storytelling and ecology were grounded in the art and science of wildlife tracking. She began teaching tracking at Two Rivers Farm School, and taught tracking and survival skills at summer camps for Children of the Earth Foundation and Tracker’s Earth. She currently manages classes, camps and internships in STEAM fields for Saturday Academy.
The vision of Reading Nature began with the Wolf OR-7 Expedition, and the opportunity to learn about the story of an individual wolf. With a certificate in Storytelling for Children from the International School of Storytelling, and a Comics Certificate from the Independent Publishing Resource Center (pending), Reading Nature is at the nexus of Rachael's experience in science and art. With family roots in Oregon, Washington, and Alaska, and generational family connections to Minnesota, Wisconsin, D.C., Virginia, North Dakota, California, Quebec, France, Slovakia, Ireland, Scotland, England, Germany and Norway she comes from the stories of many places.