Environmental Studies

Environmental Education

Environmental education is a field which many of our graduates choose to pursue. Environmental education refers to organized efforts to teach how natural environments function, and particularly, how human beings can manage behavior and ecosystems to live sustainably. The term often implies education within the school system, from primary to post-secondary but includes all efforts to educate the public and other audiences, including print materials, websites, media campaigns, etc.

Environmental education is a field which most minors will complement, depending on what type of discipline is of interest. Examples include biology, chemistry, geology, education, communication, english, global business, economics, history, peace studies, etc.

Our graduates have worked in the following positions:

  • Naturalist, Denali National Park
  • Seasonal Naturalist, Dodge Nature Center
  • Program Coordinator, American Alpine Institute (Katy Pfannenstein)
  • Board Member, Minnesota Association for Environmental Education
  • Instructor, Outward Bound Wilderness Expeditions
  • Naturalist, Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center (John Smith)
  • Department Coordinator, Saint John's Outdoor University/CSB and SJU Environmental Studies
  • Teacher, Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme
  • Will Steger Foundation (John Smith) 
  • Environmental Education Program Instructor/Fulbright Scholar, Sri Lanka (Morgan Durbin) 
  • Outdoor Recreation Specialist, Three Rivers Park District (Tyler Thompson) 
  • Interprative Naturalist, Eastman Nature Center (Brandon Baker) 
College of Saint Benedict
Saint John’s University

Dr. Derek Larson
Chair, Environmental Studies
SJU Peter Engel 235

Jennifer Kutter
Department Coordinator
SJU Peter Engel 201

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