As a volunteer with the Land Trust’s school partnerships, Scotty Scott inspires hundreds of local students.
Scotty Scott’s lifelong passion for nature fueled a 40-year career as a science teacher. Now she’s inspiring hundreds of students by volunteering with Jefferson Land Trust’s local school partnerships.
“We need to think as brothers and sisters to all life and honor what nature gives us.”
Scotty helps with everything from designing lesson plans to meet state standards for K-12 public-school students, to overseeing our YMCA camp collaborations.
Among 7-12 year-olds, Scotty’s most famous lesson is her Salmon Habitat Obstacle Course. In it, kids traverse the threats salmon face: holding their breath in low-oxygen zones, dodging predators, and jumping obstacles to migrate upstream.
Scotty Scott leads a lesson at the Quimper Wildlife Corridor as part of our summer camp partnership with the YMCA.
Scotty’s always tried to make sure every child she works with experiences a meaningful connection to the natural world.
“Most of my teaching was nature oriented. I tried to teach that all life is interdependent, that we’re part of nature and so we need to be even more than stewards. We need to think as brothers and sisters to all life and honor what nature gives us.”
This is how you help the world, Scotty believes. “You start with the children and inspire them to love nature.”