The Wellborn Hub was founded in 2017 with the mission of ensuring all Upper Valley Schools have access to high-quality place-based ecology education (PBEE). We are working with educators, administrators, and schools across the region to connect them to the resources they need in order to meet their place-based education goals. These include:

  • High-quality professional development
  • Local experts
  • Funding opportunities
  • Networking events
  • Research & Evaluation
  • Inspiration

The Wellborn Hub is supported by the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation’s Wellborn Ecology Fund. Since its inception in 2001, the Wellborn Ecology Fund has awarded grants totaling more than $5.5 million to more than 125 organizations and programs in the Upper Valley.

In March 2019, the Wellborn Hub will change its name to the Upper Valley Teaching Place Collaborative (UVTPC). The UVTPC will be a network of Upper Valley education professional development providers and practitioners who work together to advance high-quality place-based ecology education. Read more about this change in structure here.

What the Wellborn Hub has to offer you:

  • Monthly newsletters with stories of local PBEE practitioners, events, training opportunities, and grant listings.
  • On-site presentations to educate staff on PBEE professional development opportunities in the Upper Valley
  • Individualized consultations to help you determine and connect to the PBEE resources that are right for you
  • An annual conference bringing together practitioners from around the region to share and learn about best practices in PBEE
  • This Hub website designed to provide you easy access to PBEE resources and networking opportunities.


Who We Are

Emily Shipman serves as the Wellborn Hub coordinator.

The Wellborn PBEE Hub is guided by a Steering Committee that includes:

  • Dawn Dextraze of the Sullivan County Conservation District
  • Traci Fowler of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
  • Hannah Gelroth of VINS
  • Joan Haley of Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park and Shelburne Farms
  • Lisa Purcell of Four Winds Nature Institute
  • Beth Roy of Vital Communities’ Upper Valley Farm to School program






The Wellborn Hub Leadership Conference

An opportunity for educators to learn from and share with one another their challenges and successes doing place-based ecology education in Vermont & New Hampshire's Upper Connecticut River Valley.

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