Lauren Borer has worked as a naturalist since 1999 after earning degrees from Paul Smith's College and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF) and a secondary science teaching certification from the University of Montana.
She started working as a Natural History Day Camp Teacher at Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary on Cape Cod, MA and stayed there for 3 wonderful seasons teaching day camp and leading a few other programs as well, such as night hikes (her favorite!). After traveling the country, she found work with the Montana Outdoor Science School (MOSS) in Bozeman, MT and was lucky enough to teach in Yellowstone National Park through MOSS. A summer was spent working as a naturalist on the Gunflint Trail and another summer was spent working as a naturalist at The Ridges Sanctuary, Inc. in Door County, WI.
Here in Minnesota, Lauren has worked many places since 2006 as a naturalist and a classroom teacher. She has worked at the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley, Tamarack Nature Center in White Bear Lake, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board as a Neighborhood Naturalist and the Education Coordinator at the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary. Currently, she works part-time as a naturalist at Eastman Nature Center, part of the Three Rivers Park District.
She has also taught in middle and high school classrooms as she was a licensed Minnesota teacher in 5-8 general science and 9-12 life science.
Since 2012, she has been working with homeschool groups, scout troops, and SciGirls to offer natural history and STEM programming throughout the Twin Cities through TCEEC. The same quality educational programs will be offered through Naturally Curious Education, LLC.
Lauren has taught at Planet Homeschool since the fall of 2015.