About Us

The Nature Based Education Consortium is a network driven by its participants, leaders from across the outdoor learning sector. Meet the leaders driving our network's efforts below.

Steering Committee

The role of the Steering Committee is to distill and focus the direction of the Consortium, to approve and to grow its capacity. The Steering Committee is made up of 10-15 participants. Beyond the role of other participants in the network, steering committee members:

  • Attend monthly Steering Committee meetings in-person or online

  • Set yearly budget for the Consortium and associated task forces

  • Establish priorities and oversee work plan implementation

  • Represent the Nature Based Education Consortium at events

Members

Name
Affiliation
Amara Ifeji
Maine Environmental Education Association
Bill Zoellick
Schoodic Institute
Diana Allen
Sanford Junior High/Maine Science Teachers Association
Kosis Ifeji
Maine Environmental Changemakers
Laura Craver-Rogers
Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
Linda Woodard
Maine Audubon
Olivia Griset
Maine Environmental Education Association
Page Nichols
Maine Department of Education
Patti Bailie
University of Maine Farmington
Ruth Kermish-Allen
Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance
Ryder Scott
University of Maine Cooperative Extention 4-H Camp and Learning Centers
Tamara Lee Pinard
The Nature Conservancy
Warren Whitney
Maine Coast Heritage Trust/Maine Land Trust Network

Local Outdoor Learning Advocacy Working Group

This working group focuses on making a change at a local level, within schools, districts, and town government and is continuing to support outdoor learning and connect Maine educators with outdoor learning information and support as a continuation of its 2020 work on school reopening. Co-chairs: Olivia Griset, Jonathan LaBonte, Samar Ahmed.

Members

Name
Affiliation
Amara Ifeji
Maine Environmental Education Association
Emma Scudder
Opportunity Alliance/Head Start
Jonathan LaBonte
Maine TREE Foundation
Laura Newman
Learning by Nature for ME
Linda Woodard
Maine Audubon
Olivia Griset
Maine Environmental Education Association
Patti Bailie
University of Maine Farmington
Pious Ali
Portland Empowered/Portland City Council
Ruth Kermish-Allen
Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance
Samar Ahmed
Maine Environmental Education Association
Seal Rossignol
Center for an Ecology-Based Economy
Stefan Jackson
Natural Difference, LLC
Tamara Lee Pinard
The Nature Conservancy
Warren Whitney
Maine Coast Heritage Trust/Maine Land Trust Network

For inquiries about the Local Outdoor Learning Advocacy Working Group, contact co-chairs Olivia Griset and Jonathan LaBonte.

For general inquiries, contact network manager Nathan Broaddus.

Climate Education Advocacy

Last year, this task force successfully advocated for the inclusion of climate education in the Maine Climate Council Climate Action Plan. This year, it is going to focus on pushing climate education legislation forward through storytelling, lobbying, and collaboration with other networks. Co-chairs: Kosis Ifeji & Riley Stevenson.

Members

Name
Affiliation
Amara Ifeji
Maine Environmental Education Association
Ania Wright
Sierra Club/Maine Climate Council
Audrey Hufnagel
Lincoln Academy/Maine Youth for Climate Justice/Coastal Youth Climate Coalition
Diana Allen
Sanford Junior High/Maine Science Teachers Association
Drew Dumsch
The Ecology School
Kaitlyn Bernard
The Nature Conservancy
Kosis Ifeji
Maine Environmental Changemakers
Leia Lowery
Kennebunkport Climate Initiative
Luke Truman
Sierra Club
Madison Sheppard
Maine Youth For Climate Justice/ Norway Youth Climate Action Team
Meghan Young
Gould Academy
Melissa Tian
Maine Environmental Changemakers
Ogechi Obi
Bangor High School
Olivia Griset
Maine Environmental Education Association
Riley Stevenson
Coastal Youth Climate Coalition

For inquiries about the Climate Education Advocacy Working Group, contact co-chairs Kosis Ifeji and Riley Stevenson.

 

For general inquiries, contact network manager Nathan Broaddus.

Network Coordinator

With a background in community organizing, educational equity, and facilitation, Nathan supports the Nature Based Education Consortium’s many leaders in working towards systems-level change together in Maine.

Nathan works to help channel new ideas emerging from network process into equitable and sustainable working structures, seeking to reflect the network’s central goal of outdoor learning opportunities for all Maine youth in NBEC’s equitable process and shared leadership.

An avid farmer and gardener, you can find Nathan with his hands in the dirt in his free time.

Communications Coordinator

In 2021, Emily joined the Nature Based Education Consortium to support the network by communicating a shared goal, telling stories about outdoor learning in Maine, and co-creating equitable storytelling practices for storytelling.

With a background in journalism and nonprofit communications, Emily enjoys collaborating with and learning from others in the NBEC network.

Emily’s greatest joys are spending time as a counselor at a summer camp for LGBTQIA+ youth, walking in unfamiliar places, and lounging in the sun with Odin and Freya, the best dogs in the world.              

Are you interested in joining a working group or the Steering Committee?