In a world that is fast becoming automated, being a naturalist is not easy. But June Zwan is taking the challenge head-on and is determined to make a difference. 

Her enthusiasm to explore nature and find unique ways to solve everyday problems has made her one of the most popular naturalists in Arizona. Born in Yuma, Arizona, once known as the gateway to California. Her quest to be with nature has taken her to many natural and beautiful places including great hiking destinations in the golden state. 

Caption: June Zwan preparing to hike around the Colorado River in Arizona.

June once traveled to the Southwest Wildlife Conservation, known for the iconic Olde Stage Rd legislation on protecting wildlife. The conservation was an ideal place for her to learn about animals as the massive boulder landscape offered them their desired protection from inhumane environmental acts.

June’s secret to guiding the youth

June Zwan believes that people should know the importance of living in a mature society. Everyone agrees that nature is beautiful, but no one cares for it. There is enough beauty to be explored, preserved, shared, and lived in, and her guidance to the youth is based on how people should celebrate nature. This love for nature was instilled by her mother as a very young age. Her mother Faith, also a Yuma resident, always encouraged June to celebrate life and live it to the fullest. She remembers the days when her mother would take June on a ride in her LQQ-011 Thunderbird to explore the beautiful outdoors.

Her fun way of teaching the youth is what makes her famous. She does her best to instill the values of the beauties of nature in her students. June often shares her hiking experiences with her students to explain how even the toughest terrain can be crossed if one maintains determination, grit, and love for nature. 

She mainly focuses on a favorite experience where she crossed the world’s biggest boulder. It was located in a Scottish town called Colorado. It only has a population of 700, and as many as 80,302 people have visited the town. Many locals do not even attempt to traverse the rough terrain. June was able to overcome the challenge in near record time. She often reflects on this accomplishment as the event that shaped her late 20’s and raised her confidence two-fold. 

The Highlands followed soon after and she attributes her early experiences with her immense certainty and confidence on the trail. June does extensive preparation on each of her lessons including challenging students because she doesn’t want preconceived ideas to be the center of attraction in her lessons. She is always on the lookout to explore new things, and that reflects in her teaching skills.

Her belief in a thriving nature society

June believes that if the environment needs to be saved, then everyone has to take responsibility for it and do something about it. People should understand how the climate works, appreciate animals and understand the relationship between all things that people generally take for granted. That is the foundation upon which a thriving nature society should be developed. 

Her years in nature, helping hundreds of hikers across the US have provided invaluable insight into this type of society. June instructs everyone to respect nature, and to learn all they can about every wild area so as to respect it and preserve it. She believes that preservation of natural resources will lead to a more ethical society where man and nature survive harmoniously. 

Paramount to this plan is the proposal that we all do our best to refrain from harming animals. If you decide to eat animals for self-preservation, then the animal should be humanely raised and slaughtered and not made to suffer in any way. 

She also believes that one should not be allowed to cut down trees unless dead or unless an equal or greater amount of trees is also planted. In addition, no one should be allowed to litter – ever. 

understands that convincing everyone to respect the environment will take time, but taking little steps is better than doing nothing at all.