Staff and Board
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
STAFF & BOARD BIOS
Adin Buchanan was born and raised in occupied Abenaki land / central Vermont, just over the hill from where EarthWalk meets. As a seven-year-old at EarthWalk's first summer camps, Adin could often be found covered in mud and scampering around the woods. Now, as the Re-emergence Coordinator, Adin can be found sending emails on behalf of their beloved EarthWalk, wishing they were covered in mud and running barefoot through the woods. In addition to board duties, Adin manages to find some time to complete their day job as a sexual violence prevention educator at Mosaic Vermont, cook delicious meals, enjoy bonfires with pals, practice martial arts, and occasionally, sleeping.
Joyfully stomping through backwoods brooks as a child seeded Mary’s desire to mentor children in the fields and forest of what is now called Vermont and unceded Abenaki land. Her beloved work with children outdoors has spanned nearly two decades. The belief that children need nature and nature needs children fueled Mary's effort to found the licensed Forest Preschool at North Branch Nature Center. Currently, Mary is focused on addressing resilience development and the widespread impact of trauma through N.E.A.R Science Education, community and program collaboration efforts, and nature connection. She is pursuing her masters in Early Childhood Special Education and a certificate in Resiliency-based and Trauma-informed Practices at the University of Vermont. Mary is also a second year student in the Somatic Experiencing certification program at the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute. She is dedicated to embodied anti-racism practice, anti-racism education, and decolonization work, developing cultural agility, and addressing the impact of historical trauma. Mary lives with her family in Montpelier, and on occasion, can be spotted perched in a tree with her daughter.