Afternoons on Friday we have an extended specialty time for children to go deep into nature with their trusted friend and guide Dorothy, who in addition to being an experienced outdoor educator, also happens to be Ronan and Cavan’s mom. While exploring our five-acres of pristine forest, she’s taught our students how to make tinctures, build forts, tend fires, paint snow, tie knots, and even make their own maple syrup. The children come in from a day with Dorothy red cheeked and buoyed from convening with nature.
After graduating Clark University with an undergraduate degree in Environmental Geography, Dorothy worked to pair her love of travel, nature and adventure with employment opportunities with myriad exciting experiential education organizations. She spent time teaching about the endangered Orca pods off the coast of the San Juan Islands, led sustainability-focused trips to Costa Rica, and she organized and led science/culture-based trips to the tundra in the Canadian arctic. Drawn to deepening her relationships with students and communities, she spent a few years at Sarah Lawrence College organizing service learning opportunities, and alternative spring break trips for students in Yonkers, NY. She completed a masters degree in humanistic and multicultural education from SUNY New Paltz in 2014. This program helped solidify her commitment to environmental education as an act of social justice. In addition to facilitating the MWS Friday afternoon nature program, she is currently the environmental educator for the Esopus Creek Conservancy, and facilitates afterschool and summer programming for both the Saugerties and Kingston Boys and Girls Club.
“I am wildly grateful for the opportunity of continued adventures outdoors with the extraordinary children of the Middle Way School! We’ve created an outdoor classroom in the woods, shaded and protected by the hemlocks, pines and maples together.”