I had the honor of working with Mark Montaba, our Nature Center namesake, when I was first employed at NOSD. He is a passionate, professional educator who brought outdoor education to life for his students. When Rachel Race became our Scientist in Residence and created the Outdoor Learning Committee, I felt joining was the best way to honor Mark's legacy. Rachel's enthusiasm, expertise and leadership have provided our district with a valuable scientific and educational resource. Under her guidance, a number of committed school and community members have joined forces to upgrade and expand our campus nature environments. It has been a sincere pleasure and privilege to contribute to this vital effort. An effort that honors the vision of our founders and the promise of our future.