When it came to connecting with the environment, I was lucky growing up. As soon as I stepped outside my door, I was surrounded by nature. On top of that, my dad always made sure I had plenty of other chances to interact with the environment.
He had me fishing and hiking by age four, and we spent a lot of time exploring the hills near our home. Along with learning about nature, I got a chance to associate it with my dad, doubling its importance. I have so many great memories of those experiences, and it's still fun to go out and do things with him.
I appreciate that during my formative years, my dad helped me see the importance of nature and the environment. I'm sure my perspective on the environment owes a lot to him.