Pat teaching elementary students about soils among the large hemlocks

Patricia Toczydlowski

Project Specialist

Patricia Toczydlowski is a founding member of the Keweenaw Land Trust and working on staff for over a decade.  Pat contributes to nearly all aspects of our work and enjoys the diversity and challenges. She particularly enjoys working with the people behind the projects and discovering new places through the land trust lens.  She began exploring the natural wonders of Keweenaw in the late 1970s while earning her B.S. in Biology at Michigan Tech and returned after a few years in Virginia to work with the Great Lakes Area Resources Studies Unit.  Becoming a rural landowner and watching changes on the landscape fueled her passion for conservation and community advocacy. An early effort was working with a citizen’s group to prevent a landfill near the Swedetown Trails.  Her two children were raised in service of the Keweenaw Land Trust community and now join Pat and her husband as ecologists working in the Great Lakes region. Pat appreciates life close to Lake Superior, the change of seasons and all that each has to offer.