Summer Crider has come back to her roots in wildlife conservation and advocating for the Human-Nature connection. Born and raised in the cypress swamp of North Florida, Summer has navigated through various life experiences as a human being who happens to be deaf.
After getting her degrees in Expressive Art Therapy and Deaf Cultural Studies- she decided to share her passion for language and cultures by educating folks about the gifts of Deaf Culture and American Sign Language. She became a certified American Sign Language instructor, teaching ASL, Spanish, and Deaf Culture in various high schools and colleges/universities. Soon after, she decided to establish an educational media company, The Giving Cypress, which focused on making accessible videos and enriching visual educational platforms for the sign language community.
After years living in the city, working in the digital world, she experienced some challenges with mental health and anxiety, Summer found her calling back home- to Mother Nature.
In 2020, Summer has completed training in Forest and NatureTherapy guiding through Association for Nature and Forest Therapy and Wilderness First Aid through NOLS. She decided to change her business focus, but keeping the same name "The Giving Cypress".
Summer is currently offering heart-centric guiding, using the tools of silence and sensory embodiment to help humans connect with Nature. She believes and has seen through her own life experiences that we all can heal ourselves through nature-connection and believes you can too.
We are on Muscogee and Timucua land.
The Giving Cypress recognizes the land of indigenous people many of whom lost their lives to genocide and were forced to leave their land. We need to protect and honor the history and peoples of the land. Our forests have been protected for years by indigenous peoples (Ais, Apalachee, Calusa, Timucua and Tocobago tribes of the Southeast), so honoring and acknowledging their action to protect the land and forest is only one small part of supporting Indigenous communities.
We hope our land acknowledgment statement will inspire others to stand with us in solidarity with Native nations.