Below is some background information on the partners providing this hybrid learning course.

Course Coordinator and Webinar Moderator
Stephen Laubach, UW-Madison Arboretum Earth Partnership for Schools Program, Madison, WI (
Steve recently completed his PhD in science education and environmental studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a watershed education and outreach specialist for the UW Arboretum's Earth Partnership for Schools program. Steve previously taught biology and environmental studies at Aldo Leopold's high school alma mater, the Lawrenceville School in New Jersey, where he regularly provided outdoor earning experiences for students. He is currently completing a book to be published by the University of Wisconsin Press in June 2014, Living a Land Ethic, on the history of the Leopold Memorial Reserve that is home to Aldo Leopold's shack.
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Logistical Support
Claire Shaller, UW-Madison Arboretum Earth Partnership for Schools Program, Madison, WI (
Claire began at Earth Partnership for Schools as a student intern, and has continued working for EPS as office manager after graduating from the UW-Madison this past May (B.A. in Psychology and French, Environmental Studies Certificate). Previous experience with the Madison Children's Museum and local schools have informed Claire's passion for experiential learning and fostering the next generation of environmental stewards. She hopes to return to the UW-Madison for her Master's degree in Environment and Resources in the fall of 2014, while continuing her work with Earth Partnership. A Minnesota native hailing from the scenic St. Croix River valley, Claire has loved living in Madison and currently resides north of Baraboo with her fiancé Michael and kitten Peter.

Regional Coordinators
Kathy Palmer, Urban Ecology Center, Milwaukee, WI
Kathy has been happily employed at the Urban Ecology Center for the past ten years, taking thousands of school students outside for science programs in Riverside park. Prior to that she worked at Riveredge Nature Center in a similar capacity. She has been helping teachers and students naturalize their school yards since 1992 when she oversaw the planting of a garden at her own kids' school. She is thrilled to be part of the Earth Partnership for Schools program where she can assist teachers and students in creating outdoor study areas and using the excellent EPS curriculum to get kids outside. She has helped plant dozens of successful school gardens and is experienced at large scale projects with hundreds of kids participating in the planting process. She enjoys hiking in natural areas with her husband Wes and their dog Leo, and travels Wisconsin and upper Michigan extensively to visit relatives and friends, look for rocks, and find wilderness.
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Mary McGuinness Kozub, McHenry County Conservation District, Richmond, IL
Mary is the Education Outreach Coordinator for the McHenry County Conservation District. She develops and presents programs for a wide variety of audiences. She produces graduate level teacher workshops, conducts general public programs, and provides outreach to libraries in the summer months. The balance of the year is spent working on special events, taking outreach programs to schools, community groups, and leading school field trips and public programs. Ms. Kozub has a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and has completed graduate level classes over the years that were sparked by special interest. Mary has worked in the Environmental field for over 25 years.

Lisa Appel, Cranbrook Institute of Science, Bloomfield Hills, MI
Lisa is the Coordinator of Watershed Education for the Cranbrook Institute of Science, focusing on Great Lakes environmental education programs. She has held a diversity of jobs in the nonprofit and government sectors, including positions as Director of Pine River Nature Center and Great Lakes Program Manager for the Wildlife Habitat Council. Her experiences have focused on the restoration of native ecosystems and on partner-based conservation practices. She has a bachelor's degree in botany from the University of Michigan and completed her internship at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Her professional interests include building bridges between current land management practices and the restoration of our native plant heritage, as well as increasing awareness of Michigan's unique biodiversity.

Erica Johnson, Muskegon Area Intermediate School District, Muskegon, MI
Erica is the project specialist at the Muskegon Area ISD Regional Mathematics and Science Center. One project she manages that is near to her heart is the West Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative, which focuses on creating stewards of the Great Lakes. Previously she taught high school biology and chemistry for ten years at WayPoint Charter Academy. She earned a bachelor's degree from Grand Valley State University in biology and chemistry along with a master's degree in Adult and Higher Education. She is very passionate about place-based education and service-learning that makes learning relevant and meaningful to students.
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Pamela Barnes, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Brecksville,OH
Pamela is the Education Specialist at Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio, where she has worked in environmental education for 23 years at the Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center (CVEEC). CVEEC is run in partnership between the National Park Service and Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park. She manages the Teacher-Ranger-Teacher and other teacher professional development programs for the park. She also teaches preschoolers – adults in a variety of programs offered through the center, mentors teaching interns, and works with the team to develop curriculum. She is currently serving on an education committee for the National Park Service (NPS) that is defining the future of competencies and training for NPS educators. Her lifelong passion has been to pass along her love of the outdoors to the next generation of stewards