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Founding of the Carbondale Renegade Marching Band

During the summers of 2011 and 2012, I created and founded the first ever Carbondale Renegade Marching Band complete with nearly 30 volunteer musicians (high school kids and adults) and 15 volunteer dancers. It was a complete grassroots endevour and created more joy for the community than I ever imagined possible.

The Evolution of the Field of Environmental Education

Colorado Master Environmental Educator Certification Response to: Krasny, M., Lundholm, C., & Plummer, R. (2010). Resilience in social-ecological systems: the role of learning and education. Environmental education research, 16(5-6), 463-474. We are living through a paradigm shift on this planet. Doing things as we have always done them is not working and will not work into the future. As described in this editorial, it is time for something different and it may take some significant risk. Looking at environmental management and education from a social-ecological approach is described as being the new paradigm. However, if we look back at the founders of the ecology and conservation movement, this has been  proposed before less formally by Leopold and others. It can take generations for a new paradigm to become the norm as we can see here.  Effective watershed education is a strong exampl

Environmentalist vs. Environmental Educator

Colorado Master Environmental Educator Certification Response Emphasis on Education, Not Advocacy Response to “Two Hats” by John Hug As a citizen, environmentalist, community member, caring neighbor, and environmental educator I wear multiple hats. Especially living in a small town (5,000 people) within in a small valley (approximately 50,000 people) as an engaged member of the community in multiple roles, I wear multiple hats. These include Education Outreach Coordinator at Roaring Fork Conservancy, Thompson Divide advocate, St. Mary of the Crown Confirmation teacher, Colorado Mountain Club Trip Leader, amongst others. While working at Roaring Fork Conservancy I have to wear the hat of objective science driven teacher and outreach specialist. I have to make sure I’m towing a rather even keeled objective perspective looking at issues from a holistic watershed wide view. When mobilizing fellow citizens for cause of protecting Thompson Divide, I wear a more advocate/activist hat as I’m r

Inquiry and Exploring

Colorado Master Environmental Educator Certification Response Questioning, Analysis, and Interpretation Skills An understanding of the role of inquiry is essential to being a quality environmental educator. Others have alluded to inquiry naming it a sense of wonder and naturalist intelligence.  Inquiry is a process that starts with a passion for knowledge and understanding beyond the realm of previous knowledge. Inquiry is a willingness and openness to learning. Inquiry is a cycle of asking, investigating, creating, discussing, and finally reflecting. Project-learning allows for the full cycle of inquiry naturally and inquiry also lends itself to problem solving and interdisciplinary lessons. Due to the nature of my current work situation, it’s difficult to ever have enough with students to truly develop complete inquiry lessons. I do believe that my philosophy of teaching and how I develop lessons uses components of inquiry learning and embraces inquiry methods as much as possible in