Emilie Lygren is a writer and educator who delights in shaping learning experiences that connect people with themselves, one another, and nature. Her core values of authenticity, curiosity, and perspective help her to create learning communities where participants are supported in showing up as themselves to engage in processes of meaningful growth and discovery.
Some of Emilie’s most joyful moments have come while she’s been outside with youth. She has led peers on backpacking trips in New Hampshire, mentored those new to environmental education, and travels to Joshua Tree National Park with 50 high schoolers each spring. Most recently, Emilie spent four years working at residential outdoor schools in the Santa Cruz Mountains, where she felt so lucky to spend every day hiking exploring the redwoods, beaches, and oaks with groups of Bay Area youth. In 2014, she was recognized for her dedication to the field when she was named Northern California Environmental Educator of the Year by the Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education. She is also a Wilderness First Responder.
Currently, Emilie is a curriculum and professional learning specialist with the BEETLES Project at the Lawrence Hall of Science. There, Emilie designs educational resources that put students and nature at the center of outdoor science learning. Emilie is also a passionate nature journaler, and shares the power of this practice in workshops and as a co-author of the publications The Laws Guide to Nature Journaling and Drawing and Opening the World Through Nature Journaling.
In her free time, Emilie loves being nature, talking to strangers, cooking food for friends, making music with her band, and dreaming up community events. She is excited to bring her experience in environmental education and appreciation for the wisdom of youth to her role as a leader with Stepping Stones.