MEET THE TEAM:
Interpretation & Education Manager,
Michelle Adams Sommerville
Executive Vice President,
Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park
Photo Credit, Emma Beck
The three-pronged approach:
1. Professional Development
Shelburne Farms takes the lead on this program, in collaboration with the park and other partners, to offer educators multiple opportunities to engage; from 1/2 day gatherings to year-long workshops, such as Forest for Every Classroom and PEC Boots to Boats Learning Adventure for Educators.
2. Collaboratively Developed
and Facilitated Curriculum
Incorporating Park Resources
Park staff work with teachers and community partners to create an array of experiences for students to learn about conservation stewardship through the park's variety of ecosystems, art collection, historical significance and present-day practices that focus on sustainability.
3. Embedded Support for Place-based Education at Local Schools
The Park shares a place-based education coordinator position with the local middle and high school. This position works to facilitate opportunities for students to practice stewardship in service to their school and local communities through interdisciplinary, project- based learning. In addition, this allows for year-round student engagement through the development and implementation of park-based summer internships and work opportunities for high school and college students.
Star Throwers 2020:
The unit's essential questions...
How can kids make a difference? What does nature teach me?
What is the Legacy of Stewardship in our Community? What do people that create change have in common? Where would I like to make a difference?
How is the legacy of stewardship being continued at the park today? What can I do to make a difference?
How is the legacy of stewardship being continued in our community today? What can I do to make a difference?
What characteristics do activists have? What characteristics do I need to achieve my goals?