David Astin

I am a part of the whole.

David is an award winning three-decade veteran of science classrooms in Minnesota.  He has received recognition for science teaching, land stewardship, service learning, citizen science projects and outstanding support for students.  He lives in Golden Valley with his best friend and wife, Sue.  Children Kristine and Karl have endured (captive in the car on road trips) explanations of the natural world too many times.

Growing up in southern Wisconsin as a member of an outdoor family, he developed an appreciation of the natural world of which he is a part.  He is greatly concerned about global warming, invasive species, habitat destruction, keystone predator removal, scarcity of wetlands to provide recharge for our freshwater resources, and continued ecosystem function.

David's passion is recording what he sees as accurately as possible in photographs, and  then offering the images for others to observe and learn from. He hopes the visual experience will help others gain understanding of the simple beauty and long term economic advantages afforded us by our natural systems.
In 2006, David spent five weeks as a volunteer at Badlands National Park in South Dakota, photographing and interpreting this National treasure, and traveled to Peru.  In 2007- an introduction to the beauty of Alaska. In 2008 in Mexico and then in 2009 Platte River Nebraska. Thousands of miles, diverse wildlife and new friendships make this collector of photographic natural history a happy learner.

"The only way to truly understand your relationship with nature is to think yourself into the picture "
 -David Astin

Recent Entries

Warbler Day 2015 - May 15th
This years date is:   Friday May 15th, 2015 Breakfast: Perkins in Hastings, MN  one block south of the…
Schaefer Prairie Preserve Phenology Project 2014
Opening Day 2013 on the left2014 on the right     My Citizen Science  phenology project with The Nature Conservancy will be…
Schaefer's Prairie 2012 Reflections
On March 15th of 2012 the Temperature was high. .  A citizen science project of the Nature Conservancy of Minnesota…