Alva Hanson is a teacher at the New Haven CT Public Schools where he currently teaches Biology and Environmental Science. He has taught various Biology-related classes since 1998 in school districts from Rochester, New York to Waipahu, Hawaii. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and Master’s Degree in Environmental Education from Southern Connecticut State University. As his special project, Alva completed a photojournal entitled “Boys in the Woods,” which chronicled hikes in state and local parks that he had completed with men of color from the New Haven, CT area.

Alva grew up in the Hudson Valley, in Newburgh, New York, where nature and urban spaces co-exist. He was exposed to natural features like Bear Mountain and the Hudson River that allowed him to explore and appreciate the outdoors.

Alva considers himself an environmentalist who enjoys hiking, bird watching and gardening with his wife and two children. He also enjoys traveling to national, state and local parks, reading and music. Through Garden Literacy, Alva is interested in encouraging visitation to public gardens as a vital way to spark interest in the natural world.