31 Aug '12, 5pm

Urban naturalist: Molly Steinwald challenges city kids to find the wilderness in a sidewalk crack

Urban naturalist: Molly Steinwald challenges city kids to find the wilderness in a sidewalk crack

Molly Steinwald (right) with a group of high school interns (Photo by Julia Petruska.) You can take Molly Steinwald out of the city, but you’re never, ever going to get the city out of Molly Steinwald. Trust me. She’s tried. Steinwald grew up a free-school-lunch kid on the outskirts of the old mill town of Manchester, N.H. She came from a large, religious family. Her mom died when she was young. “I didn’t do the skiing and mountain climbing thing,” she says. If you’d told her she’d grow up to raise a ruckus in the nature-education world she probably would have thought you were nuts. Still, Steinwald found solace watching ants parade across the sidewalk, or tracing the intricate lines on a leaf. And when she graduated from high school, she went as far as she could from those gritty streets. She earned a degree in biology and studied Western gulls on Alcatraz Island. She ear...

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