At Texan by Nature, we collaborate with like-minded individuals who care about our state’s people, prosperity, and natural resources. Get to know one of our social ambassadors, Eva Vaughn, in this interview about her background in conservation and love for Texas!
TxN: Where did you grow up and what is your favorite memory from your childhood?
Eva: I grew up in Arlington, TX mostly known for being home of the TX Rangers and the Cowboys Stadium. Although we lived right in the burbs of DFW I was lucky enough to grow up on 6 acres and as a kid that seemed like I had access to my very own park. We had chickens, peacocks, rabbits, dogs, a pond, and plethora of climbing trees.
TxN: When did you start getting involved in nature, the outdoors, and/or conservation, and why?
Eva: My dad is a landscaper so he’s pretty much outside 24/7. He grew a healthy amount of our veggies and took a sustainable approach to how we operated as a family. I learned at an early age that we need nature to survive/thrive and the importance of treating our land with respect, care, and love. I credit him for my appreciation for all living things and time spent outdoors.
TxN: How did you get involved with Texan by Nature (TxN)?
Eva: I found out about Texan by Nature the good ol’ fashioned way – online! I’ve been seeking ways to learn more and support conservation in Texas.
In a hundred years I want people to enjoy and appreciate our outdoors spaces the way I have.
TxN: What does being Texan by Nature mean to you?
Eva: I’m a born and raised Texan, and like most of us – proud too! In a hundred years I want people to enjoy and appreciate our outdoors spaces the way I have. That means being mindful while adventuring and sharing that with others. To me, that’s being Texan by Nature.
TxN: What other efforts are you involved in? How would you encourage others to get outside?
Eva: My husband, Jordan, and I recently launched Off & Out, a 24hr camp experience to get people offline and outdoors. We provide an easy access point for Texans to disconnect from their phones and connect with nature in the Texas Hill Country. Through these efforts, we’ve been able to support Explore Austin and Stewards of the Wild.
TxN: What advice would you give others for being conservation minded when spending time outdoors?
Eva: To me the Leave No Trace principles are a simple and easy way to start taking a thoughtful approach to spending time outdoors! If you can practice even a few of the 7 principles while you’re out adventuring, you can make an immediate difference!
After seeing the most beautiful parts of our country I understood how unique the Texas terrain is.
TxN: Where are some of your favorite places in Texas, and why?
Eva: I will say, it took leaving Texas for me to realize how truly special my home state is. Jordan and I spent a year visiting all the National parks in the lower 48 tent camping along the way. After seeing the most beautiful parts of our country I understood how unique the Texas terrain is. From the harsh climate of the high desert to the rolling hills around these parts, I missed home. Now we frequent the Lower Colorado river in our canoe and scoot out to Big Bend when we can for some backcountry camping and a hot spring soak on the Rio Grande.
TxN: Is there anything else you would like to share?
Eva: I believe when people connect to their environment and share experiences outdoors they feel a sense of pride for it and ultimately care for it. Let’s get out there!
Keep up with Eva by following her on Instagram (@peachnectar)!
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