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TOP: "Yellow patches" Amanita flavoconia.
ABOVE: Golden net-winged beetle.

as a summer camp and a health center. A
number of residents are farmers or artists
who share the land, help each other with
projects, and collectively maintain the
1,100-acre property.
"That kind of community-we've lost
a lot of that in our society," says Galton,
who raises vegetables and chickens. "So
it's a way for people to try to rebuild that
[sense of camaraderie]."
As part of his work at the school, he's
led a number of weeklong backpacking
trips through the woods near Celo.
"It's a way for students to really get a
feel for the place and also work together
as a group to overcome the natural hardships of living outdoors for several days at
a time," he says. "It's kind of a bonding
experience."
For the past four years, Galton has
also served as labor coordinator for the
Arete Project, a college summer program
in which students work with "both their
hands and their heads" in classrooms and
outside.
In the spring of 2016, Galton funneled
his years of experience as a nature guide
into his own venture, Snakeroot Ecotours.

The name holds multiple meanings, he
says, including a reference to the reptilian "root" of his interest in nature as well
as a prolific native plant called snakeroot.
Growing more philosophical, Galton goes
on to explain a psychological phenomenon that causes humans to love-or
fear-nature.
"For instance, people love going to waterfalls. To our ancestors, it meant fresh
water. To us, it's beautiful. Our minds are
programmed in really ancient ways to
look at these things and have a deep sort
of affiliation or appreciation of them.
"We're also fearful of things like spiders
and snakes," he adds. "The idea is that our
really refined sense of vision may have
come from our ability to detect snakes.
I think that also sort of ties into what I
teach: how to observe things in nature
and how to see things that most people
just don't actually see. Most people walk
through the woods and they just see a
bunch of greenery. A lot of what I do
on my nature hikes is to point out those
little tiny details. ... We have dozens of
different kinds of trees with different leaf
shapes and plants with different flowers.

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