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Play as you learn. Learn as you play.

Outdoor Teaching

My goal is for all students and private guiding clients to play and learn continuously.  I mention natural history and ecology on nearly every private trip I guide but I also design and lead programs for individuals and school groups.  To me it’s both a responsibility and a pleasure to work with teachers in public schools to meet the Learning Standards for New York State in innovate ways.  My outdoor teaching style is informal but nonetheless designed to challenge students and accomplish goals.

Marking waypoints at DaCy Meadow Farm

Courses for Schools:  My school-based programs integrate outdoor experiences into traditional courses in visual arts, language arts, math, social studies and music.  I am passionate about teaching patterns in nature and am developing a K-12 curriculum to help teachers spark lifelong learning about nature.  I am happy to explore grant funding for schools that are not able to pay for these programs under current budget limitations.

  • Patterns in Nature brings art and science students together to study local habitats
  • Geospatial Mapping of Roads and Streams brings natural history data collection and watershed exploration surveys into technology classes introducing GPS technology and GIS software.

Additionally I teach with two other outstanding educators, Sheri Amsel and David Thomas-Train.  Together we bring Champlain Valley public school classes to the Black Kettle Nature Trail through a collaboration called the Champlain Valley Outdoor Education Cooperative.

Young Naturalists  Each week on Thursday mornings I meet with a group of home schoolers.  Each season we follow a specific theme. In 2010 we hiked, biked and paddled in the Westport and Wadhams, NY area to learn the basic plants and animals that share our home habitat.  Between January and March, 2011 we  focused on the northeast corner of the Adirondack Park, visiting Clintonville Pine Barrens, Wickham Marsh and Ausable Chasm.  In 2012 we hiked, paddled and biked eight sections of the Boquet River from Keene to the outlet in Willsboro.

Professional Development: With Sheri Amsel,  I offer professional development through a weekend program called Wild Science .  We have a great weekend,  enjoy a relaxed-but-packed curriculum and build a supportive network of educator-naturalists. Please contact us to set up a Wild Science program.

Please contact me if you need a naturalist and guide to help you teach outdoors.

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