Rockefeller National
Historical Park


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Kelly Sczomak


Christine Scales

Interpretation & Education Manager,

Billings Farm & Museum


Michelle Adams Sommerville

Executive Vice President,

Billings Farm & Museum


Jen Swett

Park Ranger,

Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park

Photo Credit, Emma Beck

Teaching Stewardship,

The three-pronged approach:

1. Professional Development

for Educators

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

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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:

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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?