Working Together

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

Trustees of the Reservations, YCC, Fall River, MA

Trustees of the Reservations, YCC, Fall River, MA

“I will use what I have gained to continue making connections in my community and initiating a positive change.”
— Participant, Youth Conservation Corps

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

Teton Science Graduate School, Kelly, WY

Teton Science Graduate School, Kelly, WY

“She helped [students] bring together all their ways of knowing, so they could better understand their relationship to place.”
— Tim Farnham, Director of the Center for the Environment, Mount Holyoke College, MA

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

4. Residency

Builds on tools and skills to create a fully developed project, such a songs, essays, digital stories, visual stories, movement, performance, etc... Multi-day

“Thank you again for coming to our class. You really inspired me to put my inner thoughts on paper and made me realize how lucky I am to live in such a beautiful place.”
— Student

Package Ideas

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.

Clients Include

Youth Leadership

  • 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

  • Sterling College

  • Teton Science School

  • Washington University

K- 12

  • All Saints' Episcopal Day School

  • Four Rivers Charter School

  • Journeys School

  • Sterling Community School,

  • Thoreau Institute


"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.”