hannah and cleo
Hello and Welcome! 

I am an environmental and community educator from Seattle, WA. I am committed to a life’s work helping to connect children, their families and their communities to the natural environment and one another. I believe that this is possible by fostering inclusive, experiential, and meaningful outdoor learning experiences for our students.  

I recently completed IslandWood’s graduate residency in Education for Environment and Community (EEC) on Bainbridge Island,WA. During this program my fellow classmates and I explored the powerful relationships between education, environment and community. Best teaching practices in environmental, experiential and multicultural education were explored through interwoven coursework and year-long teaching practicum.

My passion for working with children out in nature developed from a young age.  For the past 11  years,  I have been working for the Seattle Children’s PlayGarden as a Camp Counselor, Preschool Teacher’s assistant and over the last four years as the Summer Camp Director. The PlayGarden is a non-profit on 1-acre of public land in the center of Seattle dedicated giving children of all ages and abilities the opportunity to take risks, conquer fears, play uninterrupted and experience the thrill of the outdoors.

This fall I will be taking the skills, knowledge and dispositions gained from my time at IslandWood and the PlayGarden to further serve my community by working to complete my Master’s in Education– emphasis on Science Curriculum and Instruction and a graduate certificate in Non-Profit Management  from the University of Washington.



“In the present circumstances, no one can afford to assume that someone else will solve their problems. Each one of us has a responsibility to help guide our global family in the right direction. Good wishes are not sufficient; we must become actively engaged.” – Dalai Lama

Intrigued? Read more about my  educational journey  or my work and volunteer experience

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