Lyme School 3rd grade teacher, Trisha Gautreau caught the PBEE bug 5 years ago when she took a nature writing course for professional development. That summer she offered a nature writing summer camp for students in grades 1-6 and witnessed the vast opportunities of using nature as a classroom.
“That first summer teaching outside was really transformational. I realized the incredible value of hands-on, place-based learning and we all enjoyed ourselves so much. So I decided to see if I could develop this further. Our principal, Jeff Valence has been incredibly supportive. He helped me put together a grant to ensure we had all the materials we needed, and he’s encouraged my professional development in this area as I’ve grown more and more interested.”