Our Education Approach
At Stokes, we strive to bring all people closer to our local landscape. We utilize and synthesize 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.
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 Wasatch-Cache National Forest’s natural world
Through localized and meaningful educational experiences
Develop and empower staff as valued contributors to SNC’s educational practice
Through collaborative and forward-thinking professional development
Support and expand formal educators’ perspectives on the power of informal education
Through practicing approachable and integratable pedagogy