Lyla grew up playing in the woods and exploring nature in rural Nova Scotia. She loved squishing her toes in the fresh mud, picking flowers, exploring in the forest, and trying not to make a sour puss face while eating crab apples and rhubarb. She has kept that love of nature throughout her life. As an adult, she has lived in cities, small towns, and National Parks. The thing that keeps her rooted and focused in life is keeping that connection to nature alive. She loves to go hiking, camping, and backpacking. She even took her daughter camping for the first time when she was only 10 weeks old.
Lyla has worked in many different jobs, as a freelance photographer, a nanny, a server in National Parks, and most recently as an educator at the Sciencenter. She has also studied herbalism and botany. She loves working in her garden and making tinctures and salves with other people. Getting to combine her curiosity and love of nature along with her love of children is one of her greatest joys.
Lyla lives in Brooktondale with her husband, daughter, and parents. Together they have a big vegetable, flower, and medicinal herb garden. They also have a flock of chickens with whom they share their land.
Lyla loves being part of the Primitive Pursuits and Ithaca Forest Preschool team and looks forward to discovering and exploring with the children for years to come.