Jul 14, 2022
Madi Shaheen literally helps bring trout into school classrooms. She's a science educator with a non-profit learning center in Colorado that serves underprivileged communities in the greater Denver area. Bringing kids into the outdoors (and bringing the outdoors to kids) has been a priceless way to connect Madi's background in teaching with her personal love for the outdoors. Plus... calling all adults: Have you ever had that moment where you're burnt out on your career and wondering what to do next? Crossroads... dead ahead.
3:00 In a busy outdoors, finding your secret spots and holding them tight
4:00 A fork in life's road: Do you keep a job you're burnt out on, or forge a new path?
7:00 Let's hear it for educators! You get those amazing school breaks, but it's a very demanding job.
10:00 Lincoln Hills Cares
13:00 Bringing place-based science/outdoor ed to underprivileged communities
15:00 Trout in the Classroom curriculum
17:00 Teaching kids HOW to fish versus taking them fishing once
18:00 Lady Anglers Fishing 101
23:00 Turning the classroom into a trout hatchery
26:00 That internal revelation... 'wait, maybe I am a science person'
31:00 Hands-on inquiry is different than classroom-based learning
36:00 Organic growth takes time; Good programs catch on, and the buy-in of a few enthusiastic teachers helps tremendously
39:00 Having multiple aspects of your life combine into a single professional role
42:00 When your job nudges you toward something like fly-fishing, how far do you dive in?
43:00 Tenkara rods
50:00 Fishing: it helps to feel content in one place
53:00 That moment as an educator when the learning feels electric
54:00 Maroinvertebrates and microscope views... mind-blowing!
59:00 Why do mushrooms sometimes feel different than other foraged foods? Learning something new! "The fear level can be tricky and the consequences dire."
1:02 Experimenting with bear meat