Summits and Valleys

Connecting my first backpacking experience to the summits and valleys of my beginning years of teaching.

I am a city girl, born and raised in the Bronx, New York. My exposure to nature consisted of tall buildings, concrete streets, and sitting under the one tree in our backyard. As I grew older, I spent summers in the woods in the Poconos breathing in newfound fresh air, and I began to understand what others meant by connecting with nature.


Guarino, R. (2018). Summits and valleys. Kaleidoscope: Educator Voices and Perspectives, 4(2), 11–12.



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