Environmental science teacher - Danville,
Van Wagner was born and raised in Danville, a small
town on the North Branch of the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania.
He is an environmental science teacher, a musician and an every day
“I’m half ridge runner and half river rat,” says Wagner. “I grew
up on Montour Ridge – locally known as Bald Top Mountain – where I
spent every free moment as a child in the woods and creeks. I was
also lucky to live close to the Susquehanna River where I learned to
swim (or at least doggy paddle), fish, and canoe.”
says, for him, there is no better place for him and his family in
the world than Danville.
Wagner’s wife and two children
enjoy the woods and river just as much as he does and it is part of
their everyday lives. “When asked where he would like to have his
5th birthday party, my youngest son picked a local state park
(Ricketts Glenn) over theme parks and pizza parties. The woods and
river are an ongoing and exciting experience for my family.”
Wagner and his family power their home with solar panels, grow a
flourishing garden and raise chickens on their small mountain farm.
But the beautiful natural resources that surround them are at risk.
He worries about the quality of their drinking water that comes from
the Susquehanna River.
“What do my sons drink? Thousands of
us drink this water. Programs that help protect our lands and waters
need to be funded to ensure the health of our natural resources now
and for future generations. I encourage everyone to learn about
issues like where your drinking water comes from. Use your outside
voice and speak up!”
I know that investing in conservation is the only way we can
help keep America beautiful, strong, prosperous and healthy.
I am proud to join a community of people who speak up for
nature to help save the places we love.