E. SIKES email: email@example.com "Let children walk
with Nature, let them see the beautiful blendings and
communions of death and life, their joyous inseparable
unity, as taught in woods and meadows, plains and mountains
and streams of our blessed star, and they will learn that
death is stingless indeed, and as beautiful as life."
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"Let children walk with Nature, let them see the beautiful blendings and communions of death and life, their joyous inseparable unity, as taught in woods and meadows, plains and mountains and streams of our blessed star, and they will learn that death is stingless indeed, and as beautiful as life."
~ John Muir
"Melissa is a
broadly-educated, dedicated and wonderful instructor who is so good
at what she does I want her to teach my kids everything she knows --
and I know she will ('cause she's their mom). She's right at home
working as an integral component of an entomological research
project, as a classroom instructor with any age group (including the
handicapped) , and, her specialty, being immersed among the
biodiversity of the great outdoors with a bunch of kids at her side."
~ Derek S. Sikes
Bachelor of Science, Outdoor
OUTDOOR EDUCATION EXPERIENCE
am in love with this world. I have nestled lovingly in it. I have
climbed its mountains, roamed its forests, sailed its waters, crossed
its deserts, felt the sting of its frosts, the opression of its
heats, the drench of its rains, the fury of its winds, and always
have beauty and joy waited upon my goings and comings."
~ John Burroughs
Audubon Center, Pomfret,
Developed and instructed week long environmental education day camp for ages 7-14. Also
served as Assistant Director and camp nurse.
June - August 2003
DEP James L. Goodwin Conservation
Grant coordinator for teacher training program (SNAP - School Nature Area Program) that provided teachers and schools with the support and workshop and inservice training to develop and use the school's nature area for hands-on interdisciplinary environmental education. Developed and wrote manual and curriculum based outdoor education teaching materials for teachers. Provided on-site modelling programs with teachers and students to encourage nature area use. Developed resource library and equipment loan kits and manuals for those kits.
June 1997 - June 2003
Hill Day Camp, Mansfield,
Nature Specialist for summer day camp. Organized and taught programs on nature exploration for children age 3-14. Trip leader for week long backpacking trip. Created, organized, and co-instructed week long sessions of Spring Vacation Camp.Trained the camp's nature specialist for four years following full time summer employment years. Helped re-stock and re-develop nature center after fire destroyed equipment.
Summer 1996-2003, Spring 1997-2000
Hill Woods Environmental Education
Instructed four hour environmental education programs on habitat ecology, ocean tidepool ecology, and insects. Also instructed overnight programs.
May - June, and September 1996
- Monterey County Outdoor School, Boulder Creek, California.
Instructed week long environmental Residential programs focused on cycles, conservation, energy, communities, adaptation, and change.
September 1991 - February 1992
MacCready Outdoor Education Center,
Willsboro, New York.
Instructed recreational and environmental educational classes for day and residential programs. Also taught living history 1812 homestead program. Created outreach school program .
September 1990 - May 1991
Environmental Education Center,
Huguenot, New York.
Instructed three to five day residential environmental programs.
February - June 1990
Alton Jones Environmental Education
Center, West Greenwich, Rhode
Field counselor for overnight summer camp. Instructed week long environmental programs.
June - September 1989, 1990
Participated in Environmental Program staff training and assisted in week long residential environmental programs.
March and May 1989
Island Outward Bound School,
Responsible for upkeep and maintenance of field gear for twenty patrol cages and the resupply cage. Kept inventory on all gear in supply and in the field.
May - September 1988
"And the world
cannot be discovered by a journey of miles, no matter how long, but
only by a spiritual journey, a journey of one inch, very arduous and
humbling and joyful, by which we arrive at the ground at our
and learn to be at home."
~ Wendell Berry
School District, Mansfield,
Substitute classroom teacher and Instructional Aide for pre-school to fifth grade classrooms.
October 1996 - May 1997
Montessori School Ashford,
Guided children through activities designed to promote independent learning skills.
September - June 1997
Street Center, East
Providence, Rhode Island
Substitute classroom teacher for severe and profoundly handicapped children.
Assisted with field trips.
May - August 1995
School District, Woonsocket,
Substitute for 7th to 12th grade classroom teachers in a variety of subjects.
January - March 1990, March - June 1992
Unified School District,
Substitute for 3rd to 12th grade classroom teachers in a variety of subjects.
January - March 1992
"Never doubt that
a small, group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the
Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
~ Margaret Mead
Outdoor And Environmental Education Association (COEEA)
Board Position of Windham County Representative - September 1997 to June 2003
COEEA Annual Conference Co-Chair - 2002 and 2003
COEEA Annual Conference Committee - 2001
Connecticut Schoolyard Habitat Committee
Board Position - September 1998 - June 2001
Parent Teacher Organization
Courtyard Garden Project Coordinator - 2002-2003
contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that
will endure as long as life lasts."
Environmental Education Alliance (NEEEA)
In Vermont October 1998 - "Schooyard Habitat Development"
In Massachussetts October 1999 - "Activities for Developing and Using School Nature Areas"
In Rhode Island Octoberf 2000 - "Using School Nature Areas - Two Models"
Recieved the prestigious 'NEEEA Program Award' in Maine in September 2001
Association of Environmental Education (NAAEE)
In Boston, Massachussets August 2002 - "Teaching Teachers About Schoolyard Habitats: Three Successful Models"
Environmental Education Society (MEES) Annual Conference
In Worcester, Massachussetts March 2000 - "Developing and Using School Nature Areas"
Wildflowere Society and Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
In Framingham, Massachussetts December 2000 - "Creating and Using Schoolyard Habitats"
OTHER WORKING EXPERIENCE
"While we are born
with curiosity and wonder and our early years full of the adventure
they bring, I know such inherent joys are often lost. I also know
that, being deep within us, their latent glow can be fanned to flame
again by awareness and an open mind."
~ Sigurd Olson
Food COOP, Bozeman,
Cashiered, closed store, and shelved products. Became bookkeeper responsible for daily and weekly totaling of sales and databasing breakdown of departmental sales.
February 1993 - May 1995
AIDE - Bozeman Public
Schools, Bozeman, Montana
Set up furniture for lunch cycles, patrolled lunch room, and supervised recess
activity following lunch.
August - November 1993
- John Fogarty Center Group Homes, North Providence, Rhode Island
Assisted with daily living skills for residents of mentally retarded group home system. Assisted with Special Olympics.
May - August 1987
remember too often that when we observe nature, and especially the
ordering of nature, it is
always ourselves alone we are observing."
~ G.C. Lichtenberg
American Red Cross CPR/AED for
the Professional Rescuer - Expires March
American Red Cross Basic First Aid - Expires June 2005
CT Department of Environmental Protection's Master Wildlife Conservationist Certification - Completed April 2002
Visit my husband's website which lists all the websites he's designed (including a site devoted to burying beetles, tiger beetles, and the beetle fauna of Rhode Island, among others).
first posted 9 July 1997; last updated 4 August 2009
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