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Today we are joined by Amy Hill, Yakuta Poonawalla, and Cassidy Villeneuve, creators, and facilitators of a new workshop experience at StoryCenter, the founders of the digital storytelling movement. I met Amy, Yakuta, and Cassidy while a studen
Susan B. Inches is an author, educator, and environmental advocate. In this episode, we discuss her career and new book, “Advocating for the Environment: How to Gather Your Power and Take Action.”How did Susan become an independent advocate?Wha
Scientific illustrator and science communicator, Gretchen Halpert, discusses how she entered the field of science illustration, shares a story about the time she demonstrated the value of drawing at a medical school, and tells us about the dist
Environmental and cultural educator, Miguel Cruz, prepares to launch environmental education programs in Mexico and to learn Otomi, his family's indigenous language. LINKSMiguel's YouTube channel - Nature, Culture, Nurture (@venconmige)Facebook
Tami Cole and her family established Optimistic Orchard to create sustainable and healthy food systems in prisons.How are they doing?Let's find out. __________LINKSOptimistic OrchardBlooming Hope ProjectKiss the GroundPhoto Contest for a Cause
This summer, I have the wonderful opportunity to be involved with projects addressing conversations around climate change. I couldn't do this work without revisiting the book "Communicating Climate Change: A Guide for Educators" by Anne Armstro
The Ecology School in Saco, Maine began as a seasonal outdoor camp in a rented facility. Today it is an established institution on a 105-acre working farm and is about to open two of the greenest buildings in the country for a residential envir
A recap of the first EE Forward Summit, a professional development and partnership-building event for independent environmental education professionals and community partners. LINKSMeghan McCarroll - What We Know About Water What We Know About
Our preoccupation with time has led to an affliction author Christian McEwen calls "hurry sickness." As we kick off a new summer season, here are three suggestions to help you wind down and leave timers and alerts behind. LINKSChristian McEwenW
Time. Money. Liveable wage. To be taken seriously.Be more visible.More opportunities.These are things independent educators have told me they want.And this is only a partial list.The items on this list and the items I’m not talking about today
There’s a new event designed with the independent environmental education professional in mind.What’s it about?Let’s find out. LINKSMore about the EE Forward Summit
During the past month, we’ve been able to learn about biophilic design and how graphic narratives can be used as effective learning tools.My conversations with biophilic designer Sonja Bochart and illustrator Michi Mathias made me reflect on th
Michi Mathias is an illustrator, author, and educator who creates informational illustrations to help people teach complicated concepts. She has written and illustrated short graphic narratives, a booklet about the science moments we experience
Today we reflect on the green spaces where we live.Beyond parks and gardens, we sometimes find green spaces inside buildings, between buildings, on tops of buildings, in parking lots, and in places, we may not expect to find them.When we do fin
Sally Bensusen is a former astronomer, a graphic designer, and a scientific illustrator. Her illustrations have been used by the National Science Foundation, the Smithsonian Institution, and Scientific American magazine.In 2019 she retired as a
Claudia Diaz-Carrasco discusses how she engages with Latinx youth in Southern California as the 4-H Youth Development Advisor for the University of California Extension. This episode originally aired in 2019. Since then, Claudia's community res
Dean Waye is a professional copywriter who helps independent professionals, small business owners, and corporations write copy for their respective initiatives. He also produces webinars as Chief Copywriter at WebinarGhostWriter.com. In today's
If environmental education organizations do not open by the end of 2020, it is estimated that 11 million children will miss out on outdoor learning opportunities. This statement comes from the policy brief created by the Lawrence Hall of Scienc
Sara Lynn Cramb is a designer and illustrator who creates illustrations for children’s books, apps, and other educational products. Sara’s clients include Scholastic, Nosy Crow, Silver Dolphin Books, Cambridge University Press, and the Akron Zo
Welcome to the new year and to part two of our look at some of the themes that have emerged from my conversations with guests of this podcast.I have had the good fortune to interview more than 40 guests since launching the podcast two years ago
Since launching the podcast, I've had the opportunity to learn from 43 wonderful guests. Along the way, I started asking guests questions about their earliest experiences with nature. I also started to ask guests when it was that nature became
Nicole Felts is a biologist and ecologist by training and has a Bachelor's degree in biology and a Master's degree in geography and environmental systems. Nicole is also the co-founder and principal educator at Felts Family Farmette, a suburban
Dr. Lee Ann Woolery is a researcher, naturalist, educator, and artist. She is also the founder of EcoArt Expeditions and the Citizen Artist project. In this episode, Dr. Woolery and I discuss her interdisciplinary approach to ecological field r
Students in the United States like studying animals more than plants.People tend not to pay attention to the plants in their surroundings.These are only two factors contributing to a condition described as "plant blindness" in the botany and sc
The Trailhead is the newest initiative by Talaterra. It is an open forum for independent professionals working in environmental education. Learn more about this initiative and The Freelance Condition and Lifelong Learning in Communities project
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