While a nature-connected childhood forms strong bonds to the earth, Kate believes that there also needs to be careful and dedicated mentoring that guides youth into adulthood so that they have the skills to act with the earth in mind. In this way, Kate is excited, and honored, to support the growth of We Are Nature Rising.
Kate Yeomans grew up among the tall grasses of the Great Salt Marsh that surrounded her childhood home on the northeast coast of Massachusetts. During endless days spent exploring tidal flats, barrier beaches and wildlife refuges, she developed a deep connection to the Merrimack River estuary and nearby coastal waters. In 2007, Kate and her husband, Rob, founded Merrohawke Nature School in order to create for all children the kind of childhood they had, one that was spent deeply immersed in nature and connected to place.
She believes it is the birthright of all children to have time and space to connect to the earth on their own terms so that they can develop a deep sense of self, a strong sense of place, and a clear knowing that they are a part of nature. It is in nature that we find unconditional love, inspiration, inner peace, enduring strength, and the source of all life.
“I wish for all children to grow strong by nature so that they may honor and care for the earth as they would their own mother, because I believe, the earth is our mother.”
“We Are Nature Rising is important to me as a mother of two sons and as a leader of a nature school who’s methodology is sourced in indigenous wisdom. I stand as an ally with native people. I am committed to elevating the native voice because I believe native wisdom can lead us all to a more hopeful, regenerative future. We are stronger together.”