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Masters Field Project
Master of Education (MEd)
Myers, Gene (O. Gene)
I created and integrated three different methods of natural history education for my final project of my Masters of Education in Environmental Education in order to further establish myself as a professional educator, communicator and naturalist, and to create ways for people who live in or have an affinity for the Methow Valley to be more observant, informed and connected with the natural world. Building on previous graduate coursework as well as professional work as an environmental educator and photographer, I created a new natural history education website and Facebook page with a wide variety of online resources, while also conducting in-person educational programs, and attempting to publish written educational pieces. My intent was to enhance natural history education and strengthen and support a community of adult learners in the Methow Valley by addressing what I saw as gaps and needs in Methow Valley natural history education, specifically that there is very little Methow-based natural history information online. This project provided a significant new online venue for people to engage in place-based natural history education, and ultimately it sought to build and engage the Methow Valley community in a way that creates a cycle of natural history teaching, learning and sharing. I crafted this project with the hope that it will help people cultivate discovery, engage with the both natural world and their fellow humans, and open their hearts and minds in a way that enriches their lives and benefits the earth.
Western Washington University
Methow Valley (Wash.)
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Kiesau, Mary, "Creating a Community Hub for Natural History Education in the Methow Valley and Beyond" (2016). WWU Graduate School Collection. 472.