A day in the life of an environmental educatorPlan, pack, load, travel, teach, repeat!
We love the days when we are in the classroom, teaching Pierce County students about how to care for our environment.
But a lot of planning and preparation takes place before we ever set foot in a classroom. When teachers request our programs, we meet with them weeks in advance to develop just the right lessons for their students.
Between the four of us, we have decades of teaching experience and have invested time and expertise into developing age-appropriate curriculum for different topics like resource conservation and composting.
A typical day of teaching starts with loading gear into vehicles. Depending on the lesson, this could include a worm bin, recycling carts, green cleaning kits, supplies for upcycled art projects, or gloves and gardening tools.
Once the car is loaded, we head to school. Travel time varies—it might be 15 minutes to University Place, or an hour to Carbonado. Then it’s time to sign-in, get a visitor's badge and find the classroom.
Then the real fun begins, as we help students explore our world and learn to think critically about creating a more sustainable Pierce County.
If you have never worked with our environmental education team, make this school year the year you start. Request a program at piercecountywa.gov/enviroed.
— Environmental Education team (Stephanie, Ryan, Mary and Kari Ann)