With the leaves changing and students going back to school, it’s the perfect time to reflect and appreciate all of the opportunities for learning that exist outside of the classroom. Oglebay Institute is one of several local venues where children and adults alike can learn new skills from knowledgeable regional instructors. One such educator was George H. Breiding, a naturalist who served as the Director of Nature Education at the Institute’s A. B. Brooks Nature Center at Oglebay Park from 1950-1962. Throughout his career and his time at OI, his dedication to wildlife and conservation left an impact on the children and adults who attend his programs.
• Natalie Kovacs is the retail manager at the Wheeling Artisan Center Shop and an illustrator under the moniker Shapelessflame. She has a bachelor’s degree in English literature and a minor in graphic art from Carlow University of Pittsburgh. In her spare time, you’ll find her frolicking through the woods, reading and collecting countless books, crowd surfing at concerts, or testing out new vegetarian recipes. She lives in Bethesda, OH with her husband, son, and their four mischievous cats.