Monarch Journey

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About the Teacher

Loretta Shigo is an experienced teacher naturalist/art educator involved in bringing art and environmental education to children and adults in a variety of different formats.

Receiving teacher/naturalist training at Honey Hollow Environmental Education Center in New Hope, PA and having had experience working in the classroom and in the fields with the South Branch Watershed Association, Flemington, NJ as well as completing the “Teaching and Learning with Monarch Butterflies” Professional Development with the Environmental Information and Resource Center, EIRC, Loretta has followed her love of nature and art into the world of the Monarch Butterfly.

In 2007 Loretta was a Roving Nature Center Teacher/Naturalist at the Five Mile Woods Nature Preserve in Lower Makefield Township, Bucks County, PA. There, she taught summer camp programs integrating her knowledge of the natural world as well as her enthusiasm for combining environmental education with creative nature/art projects to the summer camp sessions offered by the Roving Nature Center.

Loretta developed and presented a Teacher Workshop at The College Of New Jersey in May 2008 in addition to presenting the Monarch Journey program to a number of venues through June, July, August and September. Her programs were well received and you can view photos from some of these programs on the Monarch Journey Blog. In addition, Loretta volunteered at the Raritan Valley College August 2008 Monarch Teacher Network Professional Development Workshop.

In January of 2012, Loretta received a fellowship from Monarch Teacher Network, allowing her to travel with fellow educators and scientists to California, home to the overwintering reserves of the monarchs east of the Rockies. She spent a week with MTN visiting monarch butterfly reserves in Pismo Beach, Pacific Grove and other places where the monarchs gather, as well as exploring the spectacular coastline of California; visiting states parks; sighting whales, sea lions, and otters; walking amongst the Ancient Giant Sequoias in Muir Woods and much more!  Stay tuned for photos and commentary on this amazing journey!