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Erin Robertson: Looking ahead to 2018

01/12/18 | View Comments

TKF’s new Executive Director, Erin Robertson, talks where TKF is today, and what you can expect from us in the coming months and year.

I can’t imagine a more exciting time to be leading TKF. This is an organization that has worked incredibly hard for more than two decades to bring nature to individuals and communities, particularly those challenged and in distress. From day one of our existence, at a time when saying “nature heals” was considered fringe thinking, we’ve understood that this nature connection is essential to our basic wellbeing.

And this profound connection is evidenced in the hundreds of thousands of entries we have collected from the little yellow bench journals we’ve collected through the years and shared via our blog with the title Bench Stories.We are repeatedly humbled by the stories that surface; the voices of men, women, and children who, given the opportunity to pause and reflect in nature,  share truly profound thoughts, raw feelings and emotions as they process the fast-paced world around them. As they heal, strengthen and grow — through nature. It’s this work, directly supporting and enabling moments like these, to which we’ll return our focus in 2018.

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