Who We Are

Deanna Fahey- Founder of cityLIFE

Deanna Fahey- Founder of cityLIFE

I am the mom of 3, two boys and a girl, ages 26, 24 and 7. I’m a nature enthusiast at heart, planning mini-adventures for my family, anything from a short walk on the trail beside our apartment in Austin when my boys were little, to a moonlit kayak trip on the river near our present home in Maine.

When I think of the memories my family and I have made together, the ones that stand out the most, not only for me but for my kids as well, are the ones that were shared outdoors. One fond memory is of a family trip to Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island. While walking we came upon a couple of people throwing rocks on the sand during low tide. Curious, we stopped and asked what they were doing, they replied, “Clamming.” They then went on to describe the process to us. “We throw the rocks on the sand, the clams squirt water and then you can see where they are, then you just need to dig.” We watched for awhile and were impressed that they found so many! These people were generous enough with their time and knowledge to stop, crack open a clam and explain to us how they filter water, the anatomy of a clam, and to show us the parts that we use for eating. These are the moments and positive experiences I want for you and your child to share as well.

It was natural for me to take my love of nature into my academics, earning a BS in biology, and an MA in teaching with a focus in biological sciences.

Having taught in the classroom for 12 years, grades 4 thru 8 in multiple subjects, I advocated for nature-based methods of learning. I have had the privilege to gain first hand experiences in the difference it makes when a child is permitted to stay outdoors to learn about anything, not just nature. As research shows*, any amount of exposer to nature provides relief of stress, anger, depression and anxiety. Interaction with nature improves children's and adults physical, emotional, social and mental well-being. Which translates, for me and the students I have taught, to more appropriate behavior, retaining more information from lessons and improved critical thinking skills.

*see Resources page

Nature is a wonderful way to learn about who we are, where we are and where we are going.