NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC FAMILY: How did you explore as a child?
ERIKA BERGMAN: I had the benefit of living on a big, wide-open farm in Hawaii. I could take a horse and a dog and a machete with me, and as long as I was home by dinnertime, I could do anything I wanted. And I would go and really get myself into trouble—but with only myself to rely on, I would get out of that trouble. It instilled a real sense of self-confidence, independence, and self-reliance.
NGF: Why do you think it's important for children to explore?