When Erica partners with organizations and sites whose mission includes connecting people and place. She helps attendees take to heart the mission of an organization, and the impact that can be made when people come together to recharge and restore their capacity to make a difference in the world.
Erica’s Sense of Place Discovery Process provides tools and practices that are effective for any setting (urban to wild) and can be customized to help people of any age discover their personal stories, which inspires caring, and ultimately stewardship.
Nurture the next generation:
✓ Integrate knowledge with personal experience.
✓ Bridge studies in the creative arts, history, natural history and social science.
✓ Understand how a sense of place inspires stewardship and sustainability.
✓ Discover a sense of place and belonging anywhere.
Youth Leadership Boot-camp & Seminars
Being able to communicate what we care about and why is a core competency for making a difference in the world. Erica’s unique and proven practices helps youth discover, define and express their individual sense-of-place stories.
1. From Story to stewardship Boot-camp
Empower creative thinking and create collaborative stories that connect people and place. Click here to videos of youth-created collective songs and stories. Half to Full-day/Teens
2. Sense of Place and Stewardship Seminars
A 7-step experience for finding personal sense of place stories and support for developing your ideas. Half to full day/ For High School and College Level
3. Class Visits: in-the-field or Classroom
Starts with a presentation of place-based arts (song, story, visual art) and a talk about the connections between people and place, and how those personal connections inspire stewardship. Includes learning about Erica's stewardship journey, as well as hands-on interactive experiences.
Includes presentation, songs and interactive experiences. Up to four class periods/Customized for all age groups
Builds on tools and skills to create a fully developed project, such a songs, essays, digital stories, visual stories, movement, performance, etc... Multi-day
Make the most of Erica's visit to your school. Add a community engagement or a professional development program.
Professional Development for Educators Erica's Soulful Stewardship Method is customized to provide professional development training for educators. Learn more on her Training page.
Community Engagement Programs Bring Erica to you Offer a concert or workshop for your community of families, friends and neighbors. Can also include student performance segment. Learn more on her Community Events page.
Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Trustees of Reservations
World Wide Walden Youth Summit, The Walden Woods Project
Wyoming Youth Congress on Children and Nature
Young Writers and Artists Festival, Hathaway Brown School
Youth Conservation Corps
Youth Leadership Academy, New Bedford Whaling National Historic Park
Environmental Educators Events
Georgia Environmental Educators Conference
Massachusetts Environmental Education Society
New England Environmental Education Alliance
The Murie Center
Teton Science School
Undergraduate & Graduate
Antioch New England Graduate School, NH (Seminar)
Mount Holyoke College Center for the Environment
Paul Smiths College
Teton Science School
All Saints' Episcopal Day School
Four Rivers Charter School
Sterling Community School,
"With its emphasis on integrating writing, music, and a sense of place, Erica's workshop was incredibly inspiring... [She] gave us all an invaluable opportunity to reflect on our connections to the land, our personal history, and our best selves." Faculty Director, University of Vermont, VT
“Erica has an impressive versatility. Her warm personality and knowledge of her subject matter gave our students a gift: she empowered them to express themselves and connect to the land in a way many of them had never experienced before." Margot Martin, Journeys School, (K-12) Jackson, WY
"Using Erica Wheeler's ideas, I developed writing prompts incorporating nature. These were some of the best writing prompts I have ever used. The students were excited, had vast amounts to write about, freely expressed their thoughts without fear of right or wrong, and made a connection to nature/place and themselves." Saratoga Elementary School, Saratoga, WY
"Erica magically turned each students poetry into a folk song which she sang beautifully and spontaneously in the classroom. Students were mesmerized by her talent and eagerly shared their creative writing in the class.” All Saints Episcopal Day School, Carmel, CA
"We learned valuable lessons about writing and poetry. I now feel inspired to write about things like nature. I truly appreciate the landscape around us.”
"I have a deeper connection to nature and my roots than I knew before."
"I will use what I have gained to continue making connections in my community and initiating a positive change."
"Your music inspired me to write. Your workshop allowed me to open my mind and put my feelings on paper. Your visit helped me realize the connection between nature, music and writing.”