Get inspired by the legacy of Elizabeth Terwilliger. She was an environmental dynamo in Marin, calling adults to action and inspiring children to love nature.
Mrs. Terwilliger developed an interactive, experiential type of learning that is still at the heart of our education programs today. Our programs aim to strengthen environmental stewardship and responsibility by teaching an appreciation of nature and a respect for wildlife.
WildCare’s education programs support the Next Generation Science Standards and our instructors are welcomed to take advantage of the many resources.
DISCOVER and LEARN…. out in nature with the family. WildCare naturalists will lead fun family outings in both English and Spanish, with the objective of deepening our commitment to take care of the planet.
Mrs. T…. an environmental leader, an amazing teacher and the mover and shaker that started this program that taught thousands.
In the 1950’s Elizabeth Terwilliger, the daughter of a pineapple plantation doctor from Hawaii, a recent transplant to Marin County, a mother of two, and a nurse by training, began to do for her children what her mother had done for her. She took them outdoors to explore and discover the wonders of nature. She had developed a love for nature herself as a child, and she absolutely loved to share it with others, particularly with children. Mrs. T’s children invited their friends along on these adventures, and their parents eventually invited themselves in order to see what all the fuss was about. They discovered that Mrs. Terwilliger had a very special talent for educating children, and they set about creating the infrastructure to insure that as many children as possible could benefit form her unique approach to teaching about nature.
Mrs. T believed that children learn best using all of their senses. That if they could just explore the natural world and discover its wonders with just the right amount of gentle guidance, children would gain an important sense of the majesty of the natural world, and of their own connection to, and responsibility for it.