Sarah grew up exploring plants and their attendant wildlife in the wooded plains of Northeastern Kansas. She earned her B.Sc. in Wildlife Biology from Missouri State University in 2006, and has been engaged in the worlds of science and communication ever since. She enjoys introducing people to the beauty and importance of native plants, and proudly serves as a Missouri Master Naturalist volunteer. In 2021 she opened Oak & Io, serving the Kansas City area as a native landscape designer and consultant.