The Murie Ranch

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  • April Landale

    Vice President of Educator Development
    Oversees Teton Science Schools' Murie Ranch, Graduate Program and Teacher Learning Center
    M.S., Environmental Studies, Antioch New England Graduate School, NH
    B.S., Biology, University of New Hampshire

    April recognized her love for education early in her professional career through teaching at Landmark School in Beverly, MA. A year later, she became one of the founding faculty at Landmark College in Putney, VT, which is now a fully accredited two- and four-year college program for students with learning differences. During her eight years at Landmark, April served as an educator in the science department, Residential Dean, and Instructional Supervisor. Embracing her commitment to learner-centered and community-based education, she joined World Learning as co-director of a university study abroad program in Cairns, Australia. Here she expanded an academic program based on ecology, marine biology and cultural immersion.

    Teton Science Schools offered April her next professional opportunity through the creation of the Teton Science Schools Graduate Program in 1994, where she began as a founding faculty member. Since that time, April has served in a number of leadership roles within Teton Science Schools and is currently the Vice President for Educator Development and Director of the Graduate Program.

  • Christen Girard

    Murie Ranch Faculty
    M.Ed. Environmental Education, Western Washington University
    Certificate in Leadership and Non-Profit Administration, North Cascades Institute
    B.A. Environmental Studies, Natural History Concentration, Lewis and Clark College

    Christen has followed her love for the environment through many western states as a naturalist, trail crew member, field biologist, farmer and teacher, working with people from a multitude of backgrounds and ages along the way. After completing a Masters in Environmental Education, she worked several years as the Program Coordinator for a conservation organization in the North Cascades, leading a wide variety of field-based/residential programs and supporting educator development. Outside of teaching, Christen enjoys writing, trail running, working in the dirt, and exploring wild places with a notebook and pen in hand. Christen manages Murie Ranch Programming at TSS and loves sharing her curiosity for the natural world with others. 

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