Born on Two Rivers Farm near Aurora, Oregon the outdoors played an important part of Rachael’s life. 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.
Trained as a scientist, she holds a B.S. in BioResource Research from OSU and an M.S. in Holistic Science from Schumacher College in the UK. 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 passions for storytelling and ecology were grounded in the art and science of wildlife tracking. She has also taken courses from Wilderness Awareness School, EarthWalk NW, 8 Shields PDX, Tribal Edge, Wildwise and taught youth for Children of the Earth Foundation and Tracker’s Earth. Note: Reading Nature is not affiliated with these organizations.
Rachael has performed for the Portland Storytelling Guild, Two Rivers Farm School, Swallowtail School, Bay City Arts Center, International School of Storytelling, and is the founder of the Wolf OR-7 Expedition.