Honoring Teachers Who Use Nature to Inspire Learning

Larry Volpe was recently honored aboard a  Lindblad Expeditions/National Geographic Cruise around the San Francisco Bay for his innovative use of the outdoors to enhance classroom learning for his 5th grade students at Daniel Lairon Elementary School in Santa Clara County, CA. He said, “I spend 1000-plus hours a year on outdoor trips, gardening, home visits, taking kids to sporting events and much more, [these activities] bring me closer to the students and families and make what I do all the more worthwhile.”
Many thanks to the Children and Nature Network for such an informative and thought provoking award and celebratory event, in which Outdoor Afro was glad to participate.
Below is a break in the cruise action after an afternoon of kayaking in the San Francisco Bay — what an appropriate way to honor such an amazing teacher!
Can you spot the happy Outdoor Afro?

Photo: Claudia Tammen

Click to learn more about the Natural Teachers Network and view more photos!