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     My name is Hiroto Hayashi, it's nice to meet you. I'm happy to see you here! 

     In an effort to delve into outdoor recreation and nature-based skills, hobbies, and crafts, I write and take photos of the things I experience and the people I meet. From rockhounding to hunting, I love them all, and I've found that these passions have helped me thrive throughout my life. Because of this, I want to share them with others. I believe that the key to inspiring people to try any outdoor pursuit or nature-based practice is to provide them with experience. That experience can be explicit--by teaching someone to fish for the first time--or vicarious--by writing and taking pictures that entertain, educate, and inspire.

     The thing about outdoor and nature-based activities is the fact that they tie in together like roots below a tree. A professor of mine once said, "Dabbling in a little of everything will result in a multiplication of applicability in other areas of your life." Every activity whether it's fishing, hunting, baking, or making soaps and oils provides a different suite of new experiences and skills. By dabbling, we become a jack-of-all-trades in the most holistically engaging activities the world has to offer. They are fun, fulfilling, and easily shared.


This quote helps to inform my thoughts and actions:

     "Through interpretation, understanding; through understanding, appreciation; through appreciation, protection." - Freeman Tilden  

     Thank you for stopping by and taking a look at the ways I try to tell these stories and help people tell theirs. Please feel free to contact me with ANY questions you might have. I look forward to talking with you!

-Hiroto Hayashi


  • South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks Intern Naturalist (Designing, Leading, and Evaluating R3 programs) 2021

  • Black Hills State University Writing Assistance Center Consultant (Consulting written material including resumes, fiction, academic essays, creative non-fiction, and others) 2020

  • Minnesota Trout Unlimited Fishing Skills Instructor (Writing, Photography, Classes, Program Planning) 2020

  • Black Hills State University Photojournalist/Proofreader (Photography, Proofreading, Brainstorming, Writing) 2020

  • Western State Colorado University Social Media Ambassador (Photography, Event Coverage, Website Posting) 2018

​Certifications and Trainings

  • ROHVA Certified 2021

  • BOAT-ED Certified 2021

  • NASP (National Archery in the Schools Program) CSM Certified 2021

  • South Dakota Master Naturalist 2021

  • Wilderness First Responder Certified March 2020

  • Leave No Trace Trainer Certified 2020

  • National Association for Interpretation Certified Interpretive Guide 2020

  • Collegiate Outdoor Leadership Program Leader Certification 2020

  • Project WILD K-12 Curriculum and Activity Guide Curriculum Training 2020

  • Growing up WILD: Exploring Nature with Young Children Curriculum Training 2020

  • Project Learning Tree K-12 Environmental Education Curriculum Training 2020

  • Leopold Education Project Training for Interdisciplinary Land Ethic Curriculum 2020

  • Instagram

Hiroto Hayashi Outdoor Photography and Writing