“My appreciation and passion for natural places did not take hold until adulthood. I was not an outdoorsy child or adolescent! I think my love of nature began with plants, indoors. My mother has always been a collector and committed caretaker of houseplants. She shared that hobby with my sister and me and to this day, when we get together, we talk about plants-especially flowers. We have all since become avid gardeners and enjoy sharing bulbs, seeds and advice.
In my early twenties, I moved from northeastern Indiana to Washington State. It was then that I began hiking. I was wild about the enormous ferns and moss drenched forests of the Pacific Northwest. I would seek out new city, state and national parks to visit and hit the trails. I found that spending time in natural places filled me with a deep sense of awe and joy that I did not experience elsewhere.
When I moved back to Indiana a few years later, I began seeking out parks and nature preserves to continue hiking and developed a deeper appreciation for Midwestern forests. I later found out about Acres sites. Acres preserves have provided me with unique areas to hike and practice some amateur plant identification. I love to take enough time on a hike to find a wildflower or fungus and snap some photos. I especially enjoy the wildflower show at Bicentennial Woods each spring!
My professional background is in accounting and human resources and I have worked in the industries of construction and higher education. I am committed to using my skills and experience to help keep Acres Land Trust operating smoothly and efficiently to protect land, forever.”
-Natasha Manor, ACRES Land Trust Office and Volunteer Manager