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Botany

About

Creative Wondering was created in 2024 by Catherine Ullery, and is based in the Snoqualmie Valley in Duvall, Washington. My mission is to support local educators and increase access to environmental education.

I acknowledge that we are on the Indigenous Land of Coast Salish peoples who have reserved treaty rights to this land, specifically the Snoqualmie Indian tribe (sdukʷalbixʷ). I thank these caretakers of this land who have lived and continue to live here since time immemorial.
Learn about the Snoqualmie Tribe Ancestral Land Movement

A photo from the shoulders up of a young white woman with reddish brown hair and glasses. She wears a black tshirt and smiles, with green and pink plants out of focus in the background.

Meet Catherine

As a young student growing up in Washington I felt most engaged in learning when I was outdoors. This experience stuck with me, and inspired me to pursue a B.A. from Whitworth University in English and a minor in Environmental Studies. 

My education led me to the National Park Service, where I specialized in environmental education and youth engagement. Most recently I returned to my roots here in Washington as Education Specialist at Oxbow Farm and Conservation Center, and I'm eager to continue to share my passion with the community.

 

I hope to create inclusive spaces for people of all backgrounds to connect with nature by fostering curiosity, wonder, and fun.​

Skills & Experience:

 

  • Developing educational programs for students Preschool-12th grade with assessments

 

  • Facilitating trainings for teachers, informal educators, and the general public

 

  • Creating educational materials including visual aids, illustrations, books, worksheets, and videos​​

  • Developing curriculum for use in preschools

 

  • Ensuring that all materials meet digital accessibility standards

 

  • Universal Design for Learning certification and passion for inclusion

 

  • Familiarity with homeschooling, alternative school options, public school, and after school programs

 

Outdoor Education

My Approach

I believe that one of the best ways to engage students is to follow their natural curiosity and sense of wonder. To do this I often start with a question or scenario and let their exploration guide the experience. This approach creates space for students to have ownership of their learning experience, and build on their prior knowledge and experiences to explore new ideas. Click here to learn more about inquiry-based learning.

Inquiry Based & Student Led

Experiential

Place Based

This hands-on approach to learning creates opportunities for students to take the lead and work through a challenge or experience. Educators support students through the process, and set students up for thoughtful observations and reflection to help them apply what they've learned to real life scenarios. Click here to learn more about experiential learning.

Connecting with the local ecosystem, history, and community is powerful. My goal is for every lesson to be based on local phenomena, and create opportunities for students to build meaningful connections with their surroundings. Click here to learn more about place-based learning.

Standards Alligned

I can incorporate any standards requested for Preschool-12th grade into our lessons. This includes Next Generation Science Standards, Common Core, and Early Learning & Development Guidelines. Just let me know what you'd like to focus on! Check out Washington State's work to integrate standards with environmental and sustainability education.

Customized to your needs

Environmental education has so many applications and benefits, I hope to work with you to come up with a program or materials that work with your goals, timing, budget, group, and space. Not sure what that would look like? Give me a call, I'd love to brainstorm together!

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