Natalie Bartlett has spent the last 15 years deeply immersed in land-based cultures, and has a passion for learning the stories, music, and skills of peoples around the world. She is our newest addition to the naturalist team, and will be working with high school and 6th grade. She is a teacher, craftsperson, hide-tanner and musician, and has been singing with the internationally acclaimed women’s ensemble, KITKA since 2014. Natalie is a long-term land steward and director of the Wild Series at Quail Springs, a 450-acre education and permaculture center in the Los Padres National Forest. At Quail Springs, she combines her loves of culture, mentoring, handwork, music, cooking and the natural world. As a musician, she has studied and sung with folk-music masters from Bulgaria, Serbia, Ukraine, Russia, the Republic of Georgia, Greece and Iran and is currently is a member of the UCSB Middle East Ensemble. Natalie holds a BFA in Theatre Performance from the University of Evansville, and has spent time in avant-garde Grotowski based laboratory theatre work in Poland and the U.S. Natalie is thrilled to bring her many gifts to the Manzanita community and to the Naturalist team this year.