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Hi I’m Erica,
As a former special education teacher turned homeschool mom and budding naturalist, I am passionate about all things nature and learning.
After moving to the Smoky Mountains in 2014, I suddenly I found myself immersed in a world of stunning natural beauty, black bears, and copperhead snakes. Oh my!
Inspired by my new surroundings, I slowly began to research the astounding ways nature connection can positively effect mental health, physical health, and academic achievement in children. The more I researched, the more energized and passionate I became.
Armed with a newfound love of nature, I began chronicling our family hiking and outdoor learning adventures to inspire other parents and teachers to get their kids outdoors, or at least bring a little bit of nature inside.
This is why many of the family-fun and learning ideas you find at Mom Explores The Smokies will be nature-based and full of adventure.
Whether your local setting is a concrete jungle or natural oasis, together we can help our families and classrooms thrive, just by getting a little wild!
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