About the Instructor

My name is Tahlia Hoogerland. I am in my late 40s, but I’m still climbing trees, wading in swamps, walking logs, holding frogs, braiding flower chains, building snow forts, and watching for fairies in the forest and gardens.

I currently live in Rockford, Michigan with my husband, our dog, and 3 cats. My husband and I are both educators. I have been teaching young children since 1996 and have a bachelor’s and master’s degree in early childhood development from Michigan State and Grand Valley State, respectively.

I had the good fortune to be raised largely in the woods and fields of northwest Michigan by parents who, for a time, chose to live in a dome they built minus electricity. It was the late 70s and into the 80s that I spent my formative years playing outdoors freely and with minimal supervision.  I learned the names and features of many plants and animals as well as a love of and respect for this one and only planet of ours. It wasn’t until I was midway through my teaching career that I realized how my unusual upbringing defined me and was directing me toward connecting children with the natural world around them.