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Woodsong Nature School was created as a way to engage others in the magic of the natural world.

Growing up in Seattle, Woodsong Nature School owner Linda Bailey never imagined moving beyond the Pacific Northwest. However, after graduating from Washington State University with a B.S. in Forestry – Wildland Recreation, she married and moved to the East Coast.  Work took Linda and her husband to Ashland, Oregon for three years and then back to New York, North Carolina, and Virginia, where they raised two sons. While living in the mid-Atlantic, Linda fell in love with the beautiful tidal rivers and hardwood forests, and in that time committed herself to creating a thriving nature education program for the Fredericksburg, Virginia, City Parks and Recreation department. This endeavor included the popular Camp Wildwood summer nature day camp, the 6,000-attendee community Earth Day Festival, a number of wilderness backpacking and canoeing trips, and school and scout programming for over 2,500 participants a year. In the Spring of 2018, Linda and her husband decided it was time to return to their beloved Southern Oregon, where they live in a log home on five acres. Her interests include backpacking, snowshoeing, hand spinning and weaving, kayaking, and gardening.

Linda Mt Rogers 2016.jpg

Linda’s entire career has been focused on immersing students of all ages in the wonders of nature, believing that is the first step to stewardship. Whether leading a group for eight days through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness of Minnesota, or second graders on the adventure of owl pellet dissection, her motto has always been, “The more you know, the less you fear!” She strives to bestow confidence, allowing people to become enamored with and care more deeply for the natural world, while gaining the skills to create their own outdoor adventures.

Linda’s excitement about nature is contagious, and she has a wonderful way of sharing her knowledge through engaging, fun, hands on learning!
-Janice Lasker, Fredericksburg, Virginia

Education, Memberships, Trainings, & Awards

Washington State University – B.S. Forest Management/Wildland Recreation – Resource Interpretation
Southern Oregon University
Natural History of Southern Oregon
See Like a Geologist: The Landscape Around You
University of Mary Washington – Aquatic Ecology
Nature Education Supervisor, Fredericksburg, VA - 20+ years
National Association for Interpretation (NAI)
Director, Region 2 – Chesapeake Bay ‘12-’17
Deputy Director ‘08-’11
Meritorious Service Award-Region 2 ‘18
Outstanding Interpretive Mgr-Region 2 ‘16
Outstanding Frontline Interpreter-Region 2
Certified Heritage Interpreter ‘08-current
Regional Workshop Planning Committee & Presenter
National Conference Presenter
Environmental Educators Association of Oregon (EEAO)
North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE)
American Red Cross Canoeing Fundamentals
American Red Cross CPR & First Aid
ASHI Wilderness First Aid
Dustin Chappell Bushcraft Essentials
JASON Project (STEM)
Joseph Cornell FLOW Learning Workshop (see photo on Teacher Training banner)
Project WET, Project WILD
Project Learning Tree
Sky Rangers – Astronomy from the Ground Up (National Science Foundation)
Tree Steward, Fredericksburg, VA
Watershed Educator’s Institute (NOAA / VA Dept. Environmental Quality)

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