Diane Tucker, our Estate Naturalist, always wanted to be a naturalist. An avid birder, botanist and nature enthusiast as a child, she came to Miss Porter’s School as a student. Like Hill-Stead’s Theodate Pope, she loved Farmington and Hill-Stead. While still a student she frequently walked the trails on the Hill-Stead property. Diane is delighted that she is “home” again roaming the historic trails at Hill-Stead.
She ranges over our woodlands, wetlands and meadows, leads walks and shares her enthusiasm for the environment with our visitors. She also writes the “Hill-Stead Nature Blog”. Diane would love to hear from you with comments and questions.
She has shared her passion for nature professionally for over ten years as a naturalist at many environmental education venues, including Westmoor Park in West Hartford, West Hartford Public Schools, Kegwin Middle School in Middletown, Ct, The MDC Reservoirs and Northwest Park in Windsor. “As a naturalist,” she says, “I never get bored. There is always something new to learn. Sharing the outdoors and helping people to catch the “nature bug” is what’s important to me. It’s not necessarily knowing the Latin name for everything you find, or even always knowing exactly what it is! The key is in the excitement and pleasure that can be derived from close contact with the wild world around you.”
She lives not far from Hill-Stead with her husband, daughter and dogs. An avid organic gardener, she grows both flowers and vegetables. Diane has a long “yard list” of birds, insects, mammals and other creatures that she has found at her home. Her long-range project is to create a pond in her backyard to attract amphibians.
Feel free to send nature questions and comments to Diane using this blog. Go to the “comments” section of any blog entry. Or, ask a question using the “search this site” box on the sidebar of the last blog post. Just enter a topic you are interested in, and blog posts with information about that subject will pop up. See you on the trails!