I was born and raised in Kansas.

I trained as a ballet dancer from the of age 5. I studied literature and later, biology. Science changed my view of the world, as an artist, as a human, as an outdoor adventurer and as a traveler. Understanding our chemical imprint and ecological ties to the Pale Blue Dot, our Earth, has been a powerful lens.

I consider myself an Environmental Artivist - uniting the arts and sciences to elevate one another, with a particular focus on utilizing art as a tool to engage folks in a defensive dialogue with regard to public land use in the United States. Using unconventional mediums such as audio, theatre, dance, film festivals, podcasts, etc. I engage Coloradans and Americans to become active participants in the democratic process regarding what happens on their public lands. I believe my unconventional background in fine arts (classical ballet and writing) combined with my current focus of biology, the sciences, and conservation, make for an interesting dynamic in protecting wildlands from rampant oil and gas development and/or unnecessary resort/road development. 

In the past, I've milked 2,000 dairy cows a day in Australia, written about artists who knitted a pink structure the world over, optimized websites in Boulder, cleaned toilets in Byron Bay, nannied children on two continents, filled prescriptions as a pharmacy technician, taken care of the elderly as a Certified Nurse's Aide, performed Quantitative Polyamarse Chain Reaction in a Microbiology Lab, waited tables in Brooklyn, installed advertising widgits online, danced in a ballet company in Kansas, fed pigs, made grilled cheese sandwiches in New York City, outfitted explorers for outdoor pursuits in Sydney, campaigned for environmental protection in the American West, taken soil samples and extracted bacterial DNA on a Denver rooftop, taught Science in an English speaking school to elementary aged children in Seoul, South Korea, watched whales bubblenet feed while I worked as a naturalist and guide in Juneau, Alaska, crafted coffee as a barista, analyzed the rooftops of San Antonio for solar panels, and worked with the Environment Agency of Iceland, living out of my tent and moving to a different national park or protected area to build or fix trails for 4 months. 

I didn't always enjoy these jobs and I never knew what I was doing in the beginning, but I worked hard at them, and I learned something - about myself and the world, and gained a new skill. This, I learned in my late 20's, was the point. I do not believe that there is one path and one 'career', but many paths, that converge, link up in unexpected ways, and that if we continue to 'play' as adults, and say yes to new experiences and thoughts, we can actually become better at whatever jobs we hold. Simply put, out with the old guard of 50 years and a gold watch - how can we collectively help one another and use our skills to make a life out of making a living?

I believe strongly that life's purpose is to use our bodies and minds to explore, to connect to and feel one another through our adventures, and to preserve, bring peace, and protect our planet so that we may share it with one another and generations to come. We achieve this through others, with others, and in meaningful ways that involve owning less, using less, sitting at a desk less, and giving fewer shits about things that do not matter, and by giving more, in depth shits about the things that do.

Join me in paying more than just lip service to the adage - the journey is the reward. What is your journey? How can I help communicate your vision?

Currently, I live in Denver, Colorado. 

Contact me: ericaprather@gmail.com                                                    

Instagram: @thericandbackagain