Emilie Lygren is an educator, facilitator, and poet. Throughout her career, Emilie has intentionally cultivated a broad range of teaching skills and expertise in curriculum development, science education, social emotional learning, facilitation, learning theory, outdoor leadership, and culturally responsive teaching practices.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geology-Biology from Brown University, and has over a decade of experience as a writer and as an outdoor educator. Emilie has developed dozens of publications and curricula focused on nature journaling, outdoor science education, and social-emotional learning through her work at the award-winning BEETLES Project at the Lawrence Hall of Science. She’s also done stints as a kitchen manager, life coach, barista, mentor for teens, and event organizer.

Emilie’s poems have been published in Thimble Literary Magazine, The English Leadership Quarterly, and Solo Novo, among others. In writing and teaching, Emilie calls on awareness and curiosity as tools to bring people into relationship with themselves, their communities, and the natural world. When she’s not writing poetry, you’ll likely find her somewhere on the Central Coast of California, talking to strangers, taking long walks, reading, or cooking for friends.

You can view my complete CV here.


Work with me:

  • Poetry readings. Live poetry readings and performances for community events, festivals, and gatherings. (See some examples of my Poetry)

  • Virtual closing ceremonies. Participatory poems that invite audience contributions and weave together ideas and themes that reflect the values of your organization and event.

  • Community poetry workshops for all ages. Supportive workshops focused on reading and writing poetry in service of self-reflection, creative expression, connection, community building, and joy.

  • Outdoor education experiences for youth and adults. I am available to work with a class, group, or community organization to offer Inclusive, learner-and-nature centered outdoor learning experiences that foster connection and critical thinking, connecting to a range of possible focus areas that match your learning goals, from community building to nature connection to science content. In my teaching, I will draw on culturally responsive activities and approaches from the BEETLES Project, my book How to Teach Nature Journaling, and my prior teaching experiences in mentoring teens.

  • Professional learning for educators and teachers. Workshops that model student and nature-centered teaching practices, focused on topics such as: foundational strategies for outdoor education, nature journaling, social-emotional learning in outdoor science, discussion facilitation techniques, using questions to guide meaningful learning, and implementing the Next Generation Science Standards.

  • Nature journaling workshops. Nature journaling experiences for groups of youth and adults, focused on observation, critical thinking, and nature connection; and professional learning opportunities for adults focused on facilitating nature journaling activities and techniques.

  • Consulting in learner-centered workshop, curriculum, and lesson design. I can bring my experience and expertise as an educator to support you to shape your program or lesson, focused on a broad range of content areas, including nature education, science education, transformational and self growth work, and more.

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