-Rockefeller National
Historical Park

At the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, the PEC Team has a three-pronged approach for helping students learn about stewardship:

Photo Credit, Emma Beck

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

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.


Kelly Sczomak



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



Park Ranger and Interpretive Trainer,

Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park

what they're up to...

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?

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