Cristina LaRue’s love of nature started at an Audubon camp the summer after kindergarten, when she spent her days running through the woods, examining salamanders, learning birdcalls and digging for bugs. As an adult, Cristina has committed herself to the fields of education and conservation, through a year of service with City Year, a school-based Master of Education program, and experiences teaching in the field at Mass Audubon’s Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary, on the farm at The Farm Institute, and in the classroom at Greenwich County Day School and the Martha’s Vineyard Public Charter School.
Cristina was awarded a 2015 Vision Fellowship to help her pursue an 18-month Master of Science in Ecological Teaching and Learning at Lesley University. The low residency program, which began in the summer of 2015 with a three-week field experience residency in Maine, teaches that ecology is where science meets all of the other disciplines, from math to social studies, geography to poetry.
Cristina’s fellowship award is also supporting Cristina’s work with with Mass Audubon’s Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary over the next 18 months, where she will design, implement and evaluate a natural history docent-training program that will engage a broad spectrum of the Island community in learning about Martha’s Vineyard ecology and environment. The desired outcome is to create, nurture and support a network of citizen naturalists whose knowledge and appreciation of nature and ecology on the Island will spread throughout the Island community.