Connecting the Dots

At Pathfinder Ranch, our staff strives to continually grow professionally and individually by participating in professional development opportunities throughout the school year.  Our Naturalists organize and lead peer trainings on subjects such as supporting science standards, positive student behavior management, teambuilding games, environmental conservation topics, and more.

This past weekend nine Pathfinder Ranch staff attended the Annual Statewide Conference of the Association of Environmental and Outdoor Education (AEOE) located in beautiful Malibu at Camp Hess Kramer. With over 274 attendees, conference participants came from all walks of life: formal school teachers, school district employees, nature center educators, conservation researchers, outdoor enthusiast, and from residential education facilities like Pathfinder Ranch.  Workshop topics included: entomology basics, fire ecology, astronomy, composting, and encouraging pollinators.  We are excited to integrate this information in our classes and encourage Pathfinder Ranch students to continually explore, ask questions, understand that science is a part of everyday life, and how everything and everyone is connected.

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Pathfinder staff learned new skits and more songs at the AEOE campfire night

To learn more about the Associated of Environmental and Outdoor Education, how to become a member, and upcoming conferences visit their website at

AEOE Group Picture

Our wonderful staff representing us at AEOE

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