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Rich is a retired CA State Park Ranger who has investigated and taught about the mysteries of Nature and human potential for over thirty-five years. He is a practicing EcoTherapist and the founder and director of the nature-based wisdom school University of Earth. Emphasizing a lifelong dedication to healing the human-nature relationship and promoting the rights of nature, he has founded a number of educational programs including The Endangered Species Faire in 1979, currently one of the longest running environmental education events in the nation. Rich holds a Bachelor's degree in a special major, Mind and Nature, a Master’s degree in Counseling, and is ABD (All But Dissertation), having completed all course work for a PhD in Applied Ecopsychology.