Antonia, a native New Yorker, has been fascinated with wilderness and western land issues for several decades. She began hiking and camping in wilderness and public lands with her young children in 1972, recognizing the spiritual value imparted by spending time in wild nature. A recently retired high school teacher at an independent school in New York City, she instituted the Environmental Studies course in 1996, incorporating wilderness education and trips into her classes. She chaired the Sustainability and the Building and Grounds Committees for the school, advocating green practices. She has joined Great Old Broads to extend the voice, concerns and stewardship of the Western US to citizens of the East. She is currently writing a children’s book on climate change.