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Hi there! I'm Cypress

Raised in the desert, educated on the coasts, and happiest on the trails, I have made it my life's work to share nature and science with people of all kinds—including you!

My goal is simple: Connect people with nature! With me, exploring outside is fun, refreshing, and eye-opening. 

So far, I've pursued this goal through ocean research, science journalism, museum public relations, social media, outdoor education for youngsters, tour guiding, multimedia, and fine art. That's a lot of stuff! My career has been a meandering journey, but nature has always been my North Star.

I have a background in marine science (B.S.), science communication (M.S.), and thematic interpretation (C.I.G.), and I am Wilderness First Aid certified (NOLS), so you can be sure you're getting a professional, thoughtful experience on my tours.

To learn more about my past work with various news outlets, the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, the San Diego Natural History Museum, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium, visit

If you're interested in working together for corporate events, custom tours, or if you just have a burning question about San Diego wildlife, send me an email at cypress@northstarnaturalist(dot)com.

See you out there!

Recent explorers are saying...

Cypress is immensely knowledgeable, fun, and accommodating for families with children. It was sad to end the tour, but I've left empowered by a new appreciation for the mind-boggling diversity of nature (as well as a few bizarre facts to boot). I'd recommend North Star Naturalist for everyone of all ages and knowledge levels.

Todd, San Diego CA

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It Takes a Village

Caring for nature comes naturally to many San Diegans. 
North Star Naturalist is pleased to support and partner with local organizations that prioritize nature, science, and outdoor education. 

Active member of the ReWild Mission Bay Coalition
Active Volunteer Canyoneer for San Diego Natural History Museum
Active Board Member for San Diego Science Writers Association
Operating in Partnership with SD County Parks and Rec
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True freedom has more to do with following the North Star
than going whichever way the wind blows.
-Mary Pipher

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