Helen de la Maza has been working and playing in the field of education for over 15 years. As a science and environmental educator she has written and taught curricula for K – 12 students, trained adults on instructional strategies for teaching outdoors, and created small explosions in middle school science classrooms. Helen worked for the Orange County Department of Education's Inside the Outdoors environmental education program for nine years as a naturalist, staff trainer, and curriculum developer. She was also a curriculum writer for a statewide project brought about by California's Education and the Environment Initiative legislation, and has recently been working with Orange County nonformal and formal organizations to assist in curriculum development and professional development in pedagogy. Helen's 27 years of education have resulted in a double BA in Biological Sciences and Comparative Literature, MS in Wildlife Science, MA in Curriculum and Instruction, and single and multiple subject California teaching credentials.