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Finding Your Story Through Nature

People who spend more time in nature report they are happier, less stressed, have healthier hearts, and live more purposeful lives.  Watch our PurposeCast: Finding Your Story Through Nature, to learn how different cultural stories come alive and find roots in the natural world. Dr. Strecher and our guest, U.S. National Park Service Ranger Shelton Johnson will discuss Johnson’s inspirational story of purpose and how you can discover your own story through nature – and help others do the same.

Shelton Johnson has mesmerized audiences and viewers with his inspirational take on nature during his many public appearances and in Ken Burns’ award-winning, The National Parks documentary.

Watch as he and Dr. Strecher talk about the relationship we have to nature and how it can inspire us to live more purposefully.

About PurposeCast

PurposeCast is a series of conversations highlighting purpose-driven thought leaders, experts, and innovators. Through their stories, get a glimpse into their journeys and gain insights and actionable tips for yourself. Learn how they harnessed their purpose to live bigger lives and how you can too.


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Shelton Johnson

U.S. National Park Service Ranger

Shelton Johnson has been with the National Park Service at Yosemite for more than 30 years. He has appeared in documentaries, on national talk shows, and given speeches across the country in support of our nation’s parks and cultural diversity. 

Shelton is the most recent recipient of the esteemed National Park Trust’s American Park Experience Award.


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Vic Strecher, PhD, MPH

CEO and Chief Purpose Officer, Kumanu

Vic Strecher (PhD, MPH) is a leader and visionary in the fields of purpose and wellbeing, creating new solutions that operate at the intersection of the science of behavior change and advanced technology. In 1998, Vic created Health Media pioneering Web-based “digital health coaching.” Since January 2014, Vic has given keynote presentations about the role of purpose in life, energy, and willpower to over 1,500 organizations, providing him the opportunity to not only respond to the growing interests of the market, but to also continue to help shape it. In late 2015, Kumanu (formerly JOOL Health) was launched as a major paradigm shift in how individuals engage in the pursuit of purpose, meaning and wellbeing while offering organizations a more insightful means to support positive culture and behavior change.

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