When students see themselves reflected in their educators, connections are more easily formed. They learn better. This has a lasting impact on youth, especially those who had little, if any, access to the outdoors - they come to understand that these parks are theirs and they feel empowered to explore and protect them.
This is why at NatureBridge, we put our efforts in recruiting and hiring a workforce that closes the gap separating students and educators. Our Educator Development Program is dedicated to train and hire educators who have had historical and systemic barriers to the field of outdoor education and consequently the workforce.
Through our continual staff training, we are working to build welcoming and inclusive programs for all audiences to discover and learn in their national parks.