Rusty served as the keynote speaker for our first statewide training on nature play spaces in Maryland. The audience included educators, administrators, park managers and facilities staff. Rusty’s inspirational talk motivated the diverse group and helped to create a momentum for nature play in Maryland. His presentation empowered the audience to create these nature play areas with such enthusiasm and expertise that the group felt it was just so common sense and achievable. The crowd reaction to Rusty was overwhelming, and we in Maryland feel happy to have Rusty on our team for promoting nature play. One of our favorite quotes from the day was “The entire conference should be Rusty!!!! He was so positive and engaging!”. One attendee even created a new scale on the evaluation form in order to rank him higher.
Maryland Department of Natural Resource