Who We Are

The Nature Based Education Consortium is a network driven by its participants, leaders of all ages from across the outdoor learning sector. Meet the people 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

 

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.

This group's co-chairs are Olivia Griset and Seal Rossignol.

For inquiries about the Local Outdoor Learning Advocacy Working Group, contact co-chair Olivia Griset or Equity & Community Organizer Coordinator Anthony Jackson.

For general inquiries, contact network coordinator Nathan Broaddus

Members

 

Climate Education Advocacy Working Group

In 2020, this task force successfully advocated for the inclusion of climate education in the Maine Climate Council Climate Action Plan. In 2022, it successfully developed and helped pass a Climate Education Policy in the Maine legislature.

This group's co-chairs are Amara Ifeji and Elise Hartill.

 

For inquiries about the Climate Education Advocacy Working Group, contact co- chair Amara Ifeji.

 

For general inquiries, contact network coordinator Nathan Broaddus

Members

 

Stories for Change Working Group

The Stories for Change working group is focused on strategic and equitable storytelling: sharing stories of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) who have deep and multifaceted relationships with the outdoors. Through an intentional, trust-rooted, storyteller-led process, the group will share nature-based narratives of BIPOC individuals as well as LGBTQ+ people, youth, and others with marginalized identities.

This group's co-chairs are Nirmala Young and Tessa Shanteler.

For inquiries about the Stories for Change Working Group, contact co-chair Nirmala Young or communications coordinator Emily Weyrauch.

Members

 
 
Network Support
Nathan Broaddus
Network Coordinator
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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.

Email Nathan here.

Emily Weyrauch
Communications Coordinator
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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 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.        

Email Emily here.

Anthony Jackson
Equity & Community Organizing Coordinator
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In 2022, Anthony joined the Nature Based Education Consortium in the role of Equity & Community Organizer.

Using his lived experience, self-education, and experience as a community organizer, his work revolves around centering the voices of those most targeted by systemic oppression and helping to ensure a sense of belonging for all.

 

He is excited to be a part of the NBEC network to help further progress towards achieving accessible outdoor education for all of the youth in the state. Anthony finds the most joy through nature, his personal and communal relationships, and through the artistic expression of improvised freestyling and Hip-hop.

Email Anthony here.

Angela Mavrich
Policy Researcher & Teach Me Outside Support
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Angela is a 2021 graduate of College of the Atlantic, where she majored in Human Ecology with a focus in Outdoor Learning and Education Policy.

At NBEC, she supports the network as a Policy Researcher and Teach ME Outside Support, connecting educators and families with outdoor learning initiatives statewide.


A recent addition to the Portland, Maine community, she spends her free time rollerblading, making collages, hiking, and digging around on Maine’s rocky shores to find the perfect stone.

Email Angela here.

Are you interested in getting involved?