Mentor - Tuesdays AM and Fridays Ottawa
Bryarly was raised in a family of 7 kids by globe-trotting parents who taught her to explore, admire, and appreciate the living world around her. Wherever they went, nature was a constant friend, providing her with a comforting sense of home and belonging. After fledging from the family nest in Cambodia, she studied geography at Queen’s University followed by environmental remediation work in the Canadian Arctic.
Bryarly soon realized that she was more excited about exploring and conserving wild places than cleaning up contaminated sites, so she enrolled in the University of Vermont's M.Sc. Field Naturalist Program, where her nature connection journey deepened under the mentorship of educators, trackers, ecologists, and naturalists*. In between writing stewardship plans and tending her backyard chickens, she gained experience in nature mentoring by teaching summer ecology camps for youth, leading field walks, and practicing wilderness survival skills.
Since returning to the Ottawa region, Bryarly has worked with the Nature Conservancy of Canada, coordinated Actua's national science outreach program for youth, and taken courses in place-based education and nature mentoring. She taught at Chelsea Forest School for two years before turning full-time to Earth Path, and has enjoyed helping lead nature programs at Ontario's annual Art of Mentoring program. She knows she has had a good day when she comes home with leaves in her hair and a head full of children's smiles and stories. Bryarly is so thankful for the opportunity to share her love of nature with others and to be learning every day from children and the land!
Bryarly co-teaches with either Corinne, Brent, Pierre, or Alycia in most of Earth Path's youth programs, and she facilitates the adult/teacher programs on landscape interpretation, nature mentoring, botany, and place-based education.