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Women and the Environment Conference!

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Lia Grippo

Founder/Director

Wild Roots Forest School and the Academy of Forest Kindergarten Teachers

Goleta

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What key words best describe your hope for the future?

children, love, dirt time, social justice, naturalist, imagination

Describe what are you working on in the field of climate change, environmental protection, environmental justice or social impact.

What we love, we are likely to protect, and to love something we must know it. Wild Roots Forest School is one of North America's oldest forest kindergartens, in operation since 1998. Wild Roots offers nature immersion preschool and kindergarten for children in Santa Barbara and Bishop, CA. The sky is our ceiling, the trees are our walls, and the floor is the living Earth. Through work, play, and daily contact, our students become intimate with local wild spaces, developing life long relationships with the flora, fauna, and elements of place. We strive to maintain strong relationships between future generations of Earth's stewards.
​THE ACADEMY OF FOREST KINDERGARTEN TEACHERS offers experiential, in-depth training and certification for current and up and coming early childhood educators dedicated to connecting children with Nature. The Academy's comprehensive teacher training programs, workshops, and conferences provide our students with both the theoretical and practical skills, knowledge, and magic to become exceptional educators and mentors in the field of early childhood education.

How might other W&E conference attendees be able to support your work, goals or objectives?

W&E conference attendees can support our work and mission by advocating for young children's access to local natural spaces, by working to protect those spaces themselves. Wild Roots and the Academy of Forest Kindergarten Teachers strive for accessibility to all, regardless of income. Allies can lend support through donations for scholarships and/or by helping to connect possible scholarship donors with our work. Further, as early childhood educators are most often women, advocating for respect, care, and living wages of all early years workers helps to elevate the field as a whole.

What are you able and willing to contribute to other attendees at the conference to support their work, goals or objectives?

I am able and willing to contribute mentoring in working with and serving children and families to all allies. Naturalist skills and knowledge are happily shared in support of deepening relationships with Nature. I am able to collaborate on aligned projects by helping to distribute information throughout our network of supporters. Further, as a long time storyteller and teacher of the art, I offer storytelling mentoring; an important tool in reaching people on any topic.

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