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Irina Ayurzanaeva squeezing through the sandstone of Colorado National Monument
Irina Ayurzanaeva squeezing through the sandstone of Colorado National Monument
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Integrating folk and Indigenous stories in environmental education and heritage interpretation can help preserve tangible cultural and natural heritage sites. Irina Ayurzanaeva, an environmental educator from the Lake Baikal region of eastern Siberia weaves her Indigenous roots and her Buddhist and Baháʼí Faith into her work as a national park educator.

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Photo Credit: Deb and Harry Spillman, Joe Baust
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We learn through personal experiences. In turn our verve for whatever we learn is contagious. The author discovered photography as a means of expressing her love for the natural world. Up at 5:15 AM, she would go to Bard Lake and discover the moments of sunrise and the natural world in that time frame. Her discoveries encouraged others to join her and a whole community of early risers was born to uncover the majesty of the morning in the context of the natural world. Her perspective of what Environmental Education entails confirms the field has much to offer educators and students alike.

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We truly appreciate the collective exchange of ideas each of the presenters and keynote speakers facilitate and champion at the NAAEE Annual Research Symposium and Conference. In this post, we're amplifying sessions at NAAEE2022 that center Native voices, culture, and knowledge.