Stana Luxford-Oddie has been working for the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority (CRCA) since September 1999 as the Education Officer. The CRCA continues to encourage Stana pursue the development and initiation of Forest Therapy Walks as a new addition to programs offered. Along with program design, development, administration, and teaching, Stana, also known especially during summer camp season as “Mother Pine” also supervises, and mentors Education staff, Queen’s Teacher Candidates, Volunteers and the Nature Explorers summer camp team.
The CRCA education department delivers interactive curriculum enriched Outdoor and Environmental Education Programs to all ages ranging from pre-school to senior participants. Prior to coming to the CRCA, Stana’s Outdoor Education Teaching placements at Claremont Conservation Field Centre and Duffins Creek Environmental Education Centre in 1997 propelled her along her path of lifelong passion for Environmental Education. At the Durham Forest Outdoor Education Centre she had the opportunity to be an Instructor and eventually Camp Director.
Stana received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Waterloo in 1998, in the Applied Studies Co-op program with Honours History. She earned her Bachelor of Education at Queen’s in 1999 from the Specialized Outdoor and Experiential Education Program with Intermediate-Senior Division History, English, (Senior ABQ) Geography. She also earned her Additional Basic Teaching Qualifications in Special Education Part 1, Reading Part 1 and Senior Geography.
Stana’s passion for travel and volunteer work led her to be a volunteer with Youth to Everest, Nepal (2001). She was a Group Leader for Youth Challenge International to Guyana, (May – August, 2002) and also volunteered as a chaperone with Students on Ice Antarctica Expedition (Dec. 2002).
Stana loves time outdoors with her son and husband. On most weekends you will find the three of them out on a Forest Therapy Walk or a ramble that involves cat naps in the warm sun after a tasty picnic. Stana enjoys yoga, body weight workouts, gardening, skiing, canoeing and interior camping. She is also learning to play the tenor and baritone ukuleles and piano.