Our Education Approach

At Stokes, we strive to bring all people closer to our local landscape. We utilize current best practice in environmental, experiential, and place-based education in order to achieve this ideal.

We embrace our pedagogical genealogy stemming from Aldo Leopold, teacher of our namesakes Allen and Alice Stokes, in designing programs which unite people in asking those questions which only the natural world can inspire and honestly answer.

Our Education Mission is

To strengthen all peoples’ sense of place: uniting information with inspiration, skills with stewardship, and experiences with environment.

We envision

The Stokes Nature Center Education Department as the regional leader in the application of experiential and environmental education best practice to local contexts, and the hub of developing new foundations of informal education.



Strengthen all people’s relationship with Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest’s natural world

Through localized and meaningful educational experiences

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Support and expand formal educators’ perspectives on the power of informal education

Through practicing approachable and integratable pedagogy


Develop and empower staff as valued contributors to SNC’s educational practice

Through collaborative and forward-thinking professional development