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Janet Staal
Education Staff

janet@blandfordnaturecenter.orgJanet

As a child my most vivid and fondest learning moments occurred in the woods of West Michigan.  I could spend hundreds of hours out there investigating toads, crayfish, and insects, studying them, letting them go; as well as imagining myself as a young pioneer exploring the world around me. Today I have the privilege of teaching in a natural setting.  Teaching students is a lifelong dream and my passion.  My teaching journey began as a k-8th grade science teacher, a middle school science teacher, a mother, and leading to my current position here at Blandford Nature Center.  As an educator my passion is to make learning come alive through engaging, multi-sensory activities.  I thrive with the challenge to make classroom walls transparent to the outside world.  At Blandford those concrete walls do not exist, and it is a joy to teach in that environment.  I look forward to each opportunity to walk along side students to help cultivate a sense of companionship with life out-of-doors, and hopefully an abiding love of nature.  There is so much to explore and discover each day as we walk the paths here at Blandford.  


 
 
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