Laurette Rogers is the Watershed Education Director at PRBO Conservation Science. In 1992, she was teaching fourth grade at Brookside School in San Anselmo, CA, when her students began the Shrimp Project, a project designed to help save an endangered species through restoration and public outreach. The Shrimp Project has now evolved into the STRAW (Students and Teachers Restoring A Watershed) Project, a project of PRBO Conservation Science. Laurette is the author of The California Freshwater Shrimp Project: An Example of Environmental Project-Based Learning.
Richard Louv is an author and journalist focused on nature, family and community. His most recent book,Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder, has stimulated an international conversation about the future relationship between children and nature, and has helped spawn a movement that is now moving into the international sphere.
He serves as chairman of the Children & Nature Network, an organization helping to build the international movement to connect children with nature. He also serves as honorary co-chair of The National Forum on Children and Nature. Co-chaired by four state governors, the Forum, sponsored by the Conservation Fund, will fund programs around the country designed to get kids outside. He is currently a Visiting Scholar at Clemson University.
Roger Hart is a Professor in the Environmental Psychology Ph.D. Program of the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is also the Co-Director of the Children’s Environments Research Group. His research has focused on understanding the everyday lives of children and youth and, to this end, he has designed many participatory methodologies for working with young people. He has collaborated with others in the application of theory and research to the planning and design of children’s environments and to environmental education.
In recent years, his work has been more broadly concerned with finding ways to foster the greater participation of disadvantaged children in articulating their concerns and perspectives as a way of fulfilling their rights. To this end, he has collaborated in numerous countries with international non-government agencies. With UNICEF he has written two books on children’s participation and co-authored “Cities for Children: Children’s Rights, Poverty and Urban Management”. With the Save the Children Alliance he has written “The Children’s Clubs of Nepal: A Democratic Experiment” and the video “Mirrors of Ourselves: Tools of Democratic Self Reflection for Groups of Children and Youth”
Paul Martin is Director of Environmental Services for Western United Dairymen, a trade association representing California dairy families. Mr. Martin received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Production (Agricultural Economics) from the University of California – Davis, in 1965 and his Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (Environmental Policy) from California State University – Sonoma, in 2003. He is a graduate of Class X of the California Agricultural Leadership Program. Prior to assuming his current position with Western United Dairymen, he was a dairy farmer in the San Francisco Bay Area for 30 years.
Mr. Martin has served in various capacities for the dairy industry regarding environmental issues. He is a member of the United States Department of Agriculture -Agricultural Air Quality Task Force and of the National Milk Producers Federation -Dairy Environmental Task Force. He serves as chair of the Regulatory Committee of Dairy Cares – an environmental coalition of California’s dairy producer and processor associations. Mr. Martin is one of the original members of the California Roundtable on Agriculture and the Environment, an ad hoc discussion group with representation from agricultural groups, environmental groups, government agencies, and academia.
Lucia Comnes was one of the students in Laurette Rogers’ fourth grade class that started the California Freshwater Shrimp Project (now the STRAW Project) in 1994. Her work as an environmental activist youth led to planning and attending the UNEP Global Youth Forum in Berkeley, California in 1995, and later to many years working for environmental non-profits such as Amigos de las Americas in Bolivia, School For Field Studies in Baja California, Seaflow (working to stop ocean noise and sonar pollution) and Earth Island Institute.
Today she is a singer and musician who interprets songs from many traditions and composes her own. With a rich background in performance, travel and ethnomusicology she sings in many languages, produces recordings, concerts and tours with her band and various ensembles that reflect this cultural versatility. Lucia also offers private music instruction to young violin students and singers in the Bay Area. Her day job is managing the office of a cutting-edge design firm called Smart Design in San Francisco’s SOMA district. Check her out at: www.luciacomnes.com
Anita Buckner is a 1st grade teacher at Dunham School in Petaluma, California. She has been an educator for 25 years, working with students in preschool through 5th grade. She and her classes have been involved with the STRAW project since its early years, helping to plant hundreds of trees.