Meet third term Wild Keeper, Pinky! Pinky is based in Goodyear, AZ with a passion for water cleanups and her sweet family.
She shared, "I've always been passionate about being outdoors but, like many a midst the pandemic I turned to the outdoors. As a child I grew up appreciating nature and playing outside and caring for nature. Now as a mom, I want to be able to share that passion with my kids. The beginning of the pandemic really gave us that opportunity to reconnect to not only one another but, outdoors as well." The ways Pinky enjoys getting outdoors most are by hiking to lake days to even ocean dives, anyway is the best way! "Im not picky, I will even just go outside and walk the block to get some sun and ground myself," she said.
Something she notices that she wants to see change is "the lack of kids appreciating mother nature and what she has to offer. With technology ever-evolving I see fewer and fewer kids outside, but I see more and more trash." Many who apply to become Wild Keepers are parents and those educating children who want to encourage and instill values for nature from an early age - the next generations are those who can create massive change!
Learn more about Pinky below!
Keep Nature Wild: Between mountains, forests or deserts, what would you choose?
KNW: What is your favorite adventure snack?
P: Trail mix or granola bars
KNW: What is an experience that has shaped your relationship with nature/ the outdoors?
P: I do lake clean ups and will swim above water and clean land and dive under to clean the bottoms of the lake. I think having that realization that we really need to take care of nature as it all truly connects. Being able to see animals, marine life, plants and humans all enjoy what mother nature has to offer is a blessing.
KNW: What is one thing you'd love to bring more awareness to in the outdoor space?
P: That even one trash pick up is a big pick up. No impact is too small.
KNW: What is your favorite thing about being a Wild Keeper?
P: The community
KNW: What has picking up trash outdoors done for you?
P: Definitely opened my eyes to what we can all do as a whole.
KNW: Roughly how many pounds do you think you've picked up since you became a Wild Keeper?
KNW: What goals do you have for this year? (or beyond?)
P: To bring KNW to conservancy projects in Goodyear! I'm already working with White Tank Mountain Conservancy as a Volunteer Steward as well as teaching children to HS level to appreciate and take care of nature.