Bryarly is the co-founder, an advisor and former Executive Director of Earth Path. Bryarly was raised in a family of 7 kids by globe-trotting parents who taught her to explore, admire, and appreciate the living world around her. Wherever they went, nature was a constant friend, providing her with a comforting sense of home and belonging. After fledging from the family nest in Cambodia, she studied geography at Queen’s University followed by environmental remediation work in the Canadian Arctic.
Bryarly soon realized that she was more excited about exploring and conserving wild places than cleaning up contaminated sites, so she enrolled in the University of Vermont’s M.Sc. Field Naturalist Program, where her nature connection journey deepened under the mentorship of educators, trackers, ecologists, and naturalists. In between writing stewardship plans and tending her backyard chickens, she gained experience in nature mentoring by teaching summer ecology camps for youth, leading field walks, and practicing wilderness survival skills.
Bryarly has worked with the Nature Conservancy of Canada, coordinated Actua’s national science outreach program for youth, and taken courses in place-based education and nature mentoring. She taught at Chelsea Forest School for two years before turning full-time to Earth Path, and has enjoyed helping lead nature programs at Ontario’s annual Art of Mentoring program.
Since 2013, Bryarly has strived to inspire deep, life-long connections between people and the natural world at Earth Path. Her passion for and commitment to making nature education accessible for all has been admirable, and no doubt has sent ripples into the world in the most beautiful way. It is no small feat to change the lives of others for the better, and that’s exactly what Bryarly so tirelessly worked to accomplish every single day – and succeeded at. We are happy to still have her around as an advisor to Earth Path.