Stories from the Field

Autumn Saxton-Ross, Ph.D. Joins NatureBridge

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Autumn has dedicated her career to improving the health of communities through engagement, activity, education, exposure, and opportunity, truly believing that a healthy life is lived better outdoors. With degrees in sociology, health education, and exercise science, her research, academic, and professional interests are on the social and physical environment and their influences on physical activity, specifically in Black and urban populations, and the health benefits (mental, physical and economic) of parks and green spaces. She has made Washington DC her home for over 20 years and has experience working with multiple public institutions in the area, including: DC Public Schools, DC Department of Parks and Recreation, DC Department of Health, Howard University, and the National Collaborative for Health Equity. Under her leadership, NatureBridge will continue to deliver model programs in Prince William Forest Park and Shenandoah National Park and use its influence to advance the field of environmental education nationwide.

Want to learn more about Autumn? Read her two-minute interview: #

NatureBridge Campuses: Prince William Forest Park

What does it look like when you are great at your job?: For me, success (in all things) looks seamless and cohesive. Whether things are going great or are challenging, it is about creating a good process that allows me (and the team I work with) to be responsive versus reactive.

Favorite National Park: Anacostia Park and The Hiker-Biker Trail

How do you love to spend your time outside of work?: I love to spend time grilling, hiking, sitting on my porch and just hanging out with friends and family.

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