Bec Detrich is a leader in the field of Environmental Education. Since 2013, she has been an asset to Westminster Woods by strengthening programming, growing community partnerships, and developing a team of exceptional Teacher Naturalists.
During her tenure as Director, School Programs advanced to the cutting edge of Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Social Emotional Learning (SEL). Our innovative NGSS evening program “Biomimicry” was the first of its kind. We are serving more students than ever with our established challenge course programming as Character Development and SEL have been recognized as priorities for schools. With the generous support of the Margaret V. Ping Foundation, Bec developed and opened both a microscope lab and skulls lab where students can explore structure and function. To share our exceptional programming with as many students as possible, Bec extended the calendar into the beautiful winter months.
Westminster Woods will actively continue the partnerships that Bec strengthened over the past six years including with the Lawrence Hall of Science and BEETLES Program, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Natural Marine Sanctuaries, and the Sonoma Environmental Educators Collaborative.
Reflecting on her time at Westminster Woods, Bec knows she is leaving our strong program in good hands:
“Thanks to many positive, collaborative steps, School Programs is stronger than it has ever been. I will certainly miss the amazing students, classroom teachers, and district administrators that Westminster Woods serves. I know our incredible Teacher Naturalists will continue to innovate and deepen the impact of this program for many years to come.”
We are excited for Bec’s next steps and wish her all the best as the Executive Director of Trips for Kids Marin. During this transition, Westminster Woods will continue to offer the highest quality environmental education and character development programs. We will continue to serve the needs of our schools with the outstanding programming and staffing you have come to expect.
We are currently hiring the next great leader of School Programs. Applicants can check out our Job Opportunities page to learn more today!