Tara Laidlaw, Director
I'm an instructor, curriculum designer, teacher trainer, and program manager with more than 13 years of experience at the intersection of formal and informal education.
I'm passionate about using informal education experiences to meet formal education goals, and I love helping place-based programs support the Next Generation Science Standards with engaging STE(A)M offerings to improve scientific and environmental literacy in all students.
While my specialization is farm- and garden-based education, I'm equally at home working in other contexts such as wilderness preserves, summer camps, historic estates, and hybrid online/in-person settings. I love to help programs find creative solutions to drive student and teacher performance in out-of-the-box, outstanding ways. I am out to learn, and I hope you are too!
MAEd: Natural Science and Environmental Education, Hamline University, 2014
BA Anthropological Sciences with Dance minor, Stanford University, 2008
continuing education & professional learning
Environmental Education Outcomes course, Cornell University Civic Ecology Lab, 2020
Instructional Design & Technology MicroMasters, University System of Maryland via EdX, 2019
Earth Education for Sustainable Societies workshop, Carleton College, 2019
Business Foundations Specialization, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania via Coursera, 2019
American Camp Association accreditation visitor training and volunteering, 2017 to present
Master Gardeners Association of Cape Cod training and volunteering, 2015 to 2019
selected conference presentations
National Association for Interpretation National Conference: "Supporting the Next Gen Science Standards", 2019
National Science Teaching Association Area Conference: "Delivering Three-Dimensional Science in Informal Education Settings", 2019
Massachusetts Environmental Education Society Conference: "Advocating for Environmental Education", 2017, and "Exploring the Garden Ecosystem", 2014
podcasts & webinars
Summer Camp Programming Podcast: "SCP 39: S.T.E.M. Programming with Tara Laidlaw", 2019
National Association of Geoscience Teachers webinar series: “Developing a Sense of Place: Why Bother?”, forthcoming in 2021
National Association for Interpretation's Legacy magazine: "It Happens: Interpreting Manure", May/June 2019
Green Teacher magazine: "The Garden as an Integrating Context for Learning: Building cross-curricular connections year-round with sustainable food production", Spring 2019
Camp Business magazine: "'Pond'-ering Science", September/October 2017