What others are saying:
"Richard's knowledge, energy and enthusiasm combine to make each program he offers a delight. Whether it's a delicate spring wildflower, a massive shelf fungus or a beautiful dragonfly, Richard excels at connecting his audience to the natural world."
Chris Earley, Education Coordinator & Head Naturalist, the Arboretum at the University of Guelph
"I want to thank you for your great walks. You are one of the best nature walk leaders I have seen in action."
Dave Taylor, Education Program Director, The Riverwood Conservancy (Mississauga, Ont.)
"Richard's wealth of knowledge and deep-seated passion have you begging to learn more. I can honestly say that he is the only person I have ever met who has enthralled me when talking about dandelions ... which speaks volumes on how interesting he can make any topic."
Matthew Cunliffe, Ontario Provincial Park Naturalist
"Richard regularly leads nature workshops for us. His wealth of knowledge and engaging stories yield top quality educational nature experiences for adults. He weaves together natural history, cultural history and etymology to delve much deeper than most people tend to go. Richard is a one-of-a-kind teacher who has plenty to teach weekend naturalists and even the most seasoned of naturalists."
Natalie Harder, (former) Executive Director, High Park Nature Centre (Toronto)
"Thank you for your wonderful wildflower course. I'm amazed at the time and effort you expended to prepare for each outing."
Susan M. (Toronto, Ont.) - Spring Wildflowers: Exploring nature's palette (Toronto District School Board)
"I have been studying plants for more than 60 years, but I still learned new things on your walk."
Bill K. (Red Bay, Ont.) - Huron Fringe Birding Festival (Port Elgin, Ont.)
"Richard was extremely knowledgeable and made the subject interesting. I would definitely take this course again, only next time double the number of classes!"
From a student feedback form - Mushrooms: Lords of the Dark Earth (University of Toronto, School of Continuing Studies)
"This mushroom workshop greatly exceeded my expectations ... I've been raving about it to others."
Ruth W., Ph.D. (Ottawa, Ont.) - Fabulous Fall Fungi (Queen's University Biological Station)
"I will never look a tree stump the same way ever again!"
Martin B. (St. Catharines, Ont.) - Fabulous Fall Fungi (Queen's University Biological Station)
"If he wants to keep walking for another 3 or 4 hours looking for things, I will keep going".
Overheard by a participant during a mushroom walk I led at The Riverwood Conservancy (Mississauga).
"You definitely opened my eyes. I had no idea that urban nature could be so interesting!"
Jackie T. (Toronto) - Nature In The City lecture (Mountain Equipment Co-op, Toronto)
"I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – the day spent chasing Dragonflies was one of my highlights from last summer. I really appreciated your wealth of knowledge and sense of humour."
Melissa R. (Aurora, Ont.) - Dragonflies & Damselflies Workshop (Toronto Entomologists' Association)
"Thanks again for the great mushroom presentation. It was just the right mix of science and levity for our group."
Adam Brylowski, Land Stewardship Coordinator & Ecologist, The Bruce Trail Conservancy