Staff & Faculty for the Expedition
EEI faculty, in addition to their academic credentials, bring unique skills to the program. All are trained and experienced as Wilderness First Responders and have individually and collectively spent many years living, teaching, and learning in diverse land and water environs of North America. Our faculty are accomplished facilitators in this unique learning and teaching model that provides a personal approach, safe environment for self-development, as well as exceptional education. They are practiced at interpreting and guiding in wilderness, rural, and urban environs. From their varied experiences teaching, facilitating, and mentoring in the US, Canada, and abroad, they bring a multitude of capacities that inform the EEI educational model. They are dynamic leadership mentors, guiding through immersion in experiential education theory and hands-on methodologies as they apply to contemporary environmental and educational issues.
Neal Taylor, Faculty
Ph.D. Ecology, University of California, Davis, CA 1993
B.S. Mathematics, University of Buffalo, NY 1979
Neal has a gift of conveying complex ideas in clear and easy to understand manner because he is able and willing and has the patience to think through the complexity to reach the clarity. Neal inspires students to be open, to practice critical thinking, and to bring their best selves to the learning community and to appreciate their own gifts that they carry with them.
McKayla Baker, Faculty
M.A. Environment, Peace and Development (emphasis Sustainable Food Systems), University for Peace, Costa Rica
B.S. Environmental Conservation and Sustainability, University of New Hampshire
McKayla’s love and commitment for critical pedagogy and experiential education was birthed during her time spent as a student in study abroad programs in New Zealand and Iceland. After her undergraduate semester in NZ, she moved there for a year to volunteer on small-scale organic farms, live in an ecovillage, and complete a thru-hike for 4.5 months over the country’s diverse and beautiful terrain.
Her professional life is a colorful mosaic of interconnected areas of interest, which have taken her throughout the US, as well as internationally. An avid hiker and nature lover found McKayla working in conservation, trail building, and wilderness guiding with youth. During her time as a GAP year instructor in the mountains of WY, she helped facilitate transformative and healing experiences through wilderness expeditions and life skills training. McKayla’s recently completed studies in Central America, culminated in an internship at EEI. She brings to students and to the organization a strong network of youth and activism, as well as wisdom around the challenges we all face in the 21st century and the contributions young adults can offer as they build skills and confidence.
Anne Lewenberg, Faculty
Ph.D. (in process)
M.S. Ecological Teaching and Learning, Lesley University
B.S. Environmental Studies, Audubon Expedition Institute @ Lesley University
Anne is dedicated to experiential, participatory, and democratic education and in using educational spaces to create lasting social change. She is an activist, researcher, and educator and is engaged in her community. She has worked on projects that bring people of all ages into collaboration to learn and build something new together.
Bruce Lindwall, Faculty Emeritus
Ph.D. Plant Biology, University of Massachusetts/Amherst, MA 1999
M. N. S. Natural Science, Worchester Polytechnic institute, Worcester, MA 1992
B. S. Forest Management, University of Massachusetts/Amherst, MA 1975
Bruce displays a particular passion for wilderness and science, and helps his students appreciate the role of both in their lives. His own deep connections to the land and understanding of human ecology and behavior are just a small part of his teaching that comes alive through his gift of storytelling.
Marissa Still, Faculty
M.S. Ecological Teaching and Learning, Lesley University
B. A. Nature and Culture, emphasis Bioregionalism, UC Davis
Marisa is passionate about experiential and environmental education. She has worked as an environmental educator based in California and as an associate interpretive naturalist at Grand Grand Canyon National Park, and is thrilled to be embarking on the journey of being a teachor/mentor/guide on the expedition programs.
Judy Pratt, Communications & Program Consultant
M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 1987
B.A. in English, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 1972
Judy was faculty on the Bus from 1992-2003. She arrived just as one of the many transformative stages of AEI (now EEI) was at its height. There were five buses in the field and a whole host of faculty. She had the privilege of working with some long-time faculty from the early years of the program as well as enthusiastic new arrivals, such as herself. Thus, she carries some of the primordial, as well as ongoing, bus history. Mostly retired now, she feels her current behind the scenes work for EEI is a great opportunity to both give back to this amazing program for the incredible experience it offered her, and to pass it forward for faculty and students in the future. She lives with her partner, Nicky Duenkel, (Bus faculty from 1995-2003, who volunteers with EEI) and their corgi, Shanti, in a tiny house on wheels above the Great Bras d’Or channel in Cape Breton, NS, Canada. You can visit their blog for a window into their continuing adventures!
Wendy Watson, Alumni Outreach & Recruitment Coordinator
B.S. Environmental Education, Audubon Expedition Institute/Lesley University
A student on the bus (1983-85), Wendy later worked in a number of positions for AEI in the Belfast office (1995-2007), as Expedition Coordinator, Director of Administration, and Development and Alumni Relations. For a number of years she was Director of Development and Administration for the Restorative Justice Project of the Midcoast. She brings her knowledge and skill in non-profit administration to organizing many aspects of the EEI program, including fundraising and alumni outreach.
Wendy also has considerable experience planning, living, learning, and collaborating in community, as she (and her partner, Hans, also an AEI alum) have been an integral part of developing the Belfast Cohousing and Ecovillage community in midcoast Maine, where they currently live with their corgi Una. Wendy studied western herbalism at the California School of Herbal Studies and loves to garden. She grows much of their food and medicinal herbs for herbal preparations she makes. Wendy has a passion for cooking (as a former chef) and nutrition and loves to inspire others to be more connected with the health of their bodies and the planet, using herbs, deep nutrition, and food as medicine.
Larkspur Morton, Executive Director
Ph.D. Animal Behavior, University of California, Davis, CA 2000
M.S. Animal Behavior, University of California, Davis, CA 1995
B.A. Biology/Psychology, Hamline University, St. Paul, MN 1990
Larkspur is inspired every day by the multitude of her former students and community members making a positive difference in the world and by the promise of future expedition students and faculty. She loves finding and creating connections, whether among people, nature, or ideas. She is committed to being in wholehearted service to life and to life-long holistic learning.