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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 nature is fun, refreshing, and eye-opening. 

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

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

Cypress, Owner of North Star Naturalist

Recent explorers are saying...

Just do it! Cypress reveals worlds with worlds. She was on time, very prepared, and capable. She helped me spot hidden gems that I would not have known to look for. Highly recommend for the curious. 

Lesley, Temple TX

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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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