Laura Peterson is one of the Nature Education Instructors at Avery House Nature Center and has been working there for just over four years. Her son attended the preschool program and loved his time connecting with nature while he was a student. She would drop him off and see all of the unique and fun activities the teachers used to involve the children with learning. This sparked her interest in wanting to work there and when a position opened up, Laura knew she wanted to be a part of the program.
Teacher Laura, as she is called by her students, works mainly with the preschoolers at Avery House. Her work includes developing and implementing place-based curriculum focused on environmental education for ages 3-6. She also hosts nature-themed birthday parties, leads local school field trips and occasionally teaches elementary-aged groups during summer camps . She is the wonderful caretaker for the many educational animals that live at the center. Her favorite part about working at Avery House is connecting with the children and their families. She enjoys creating a safe and fun environment for the children to explore and discover nature.
With her background in child development and experience teaching in elementary aged classrooms, she is able to develop structure and routine for preschool children. This gives them safe and comfortable boundaries so they are better able to develop a sense of respect for themselves, each other, and the environment. We are thrilled to have Teacher Laura on our team working to educate, engage and inspire the next generation of environmental stewards.
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