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Rebecca Detrich Named National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellow


Rebecca Detrich Named National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellow

Rebecca 'Bec' Detrich, who is now in her third year as Education Director at Westminster Woods, has been selected as a 2015 National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellow. “The Woods” is a unique camp, retreat center, and outdoor school situated amongst  200  forested acres near Occidental, California.

The Grosvenor Teacher Fellow (GTF) program is a professional development opportunity made possible by a partnership between National Geographic Education and Lindblad Expeditions. Through the program, exemplary educators are recognized for their commitment to geographic education and are given the opportunity to be actively engaged in finding new ways to bring geographic awareness to their classrooms or informal learning environments through a field-based experience.

As Education Director, Bec leads a team of dedicated, professional Teacher Naturalists committed to supporting Next Generation Science Standards through inquiry and observation, and the enrichment of students’ lives through adventure and discovery. Westminster Woods’ School Programs helps elementary and secondary school students from throughout Northern California increase their understanding of the world around them while: observing processes, patterns and cycles; asking questions and conducting investigations; and analyzing, interpreting and communicating findings. The Woods’ Challenge Course is offered as an optional program in which students develop problem-solving and team-building skills; facilitators provide expert guidance and help students connect lessons to daily life and discover new strengths within themselves.

Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Rebecca Deitrich - Fish release project

Bec is dedicated to connecting students to the natural world and promoting responsible actions to sustain it. Prior to joining The Woods, Bec led the Field Science program at Nature Bridge in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. She has taught in Yosemite, on Catalina Island, throughout the East Coast, and in Australia. She has studied elephants in Tanzania, and her graduate work focused on community-based conservation in Borneo and Namibia. Bec has developed marine science and climate change programming, developed stewardship projects within the National Parks, and built collaborative relationships with a variety of private and public organizations. Bec holds a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science from Willamette University and a

Master's from Miami University focusing on community-based conservation and global leadership.

In addition to offering School Programs, The Woods welcomes Guest Group Retreats  of all types throughout the year, and hosts a renowned Christian Summer Camp and other  youth  and adult ministries. Westminster Woods’ outstanding Challenge Course offers active, engaging team- and character-building programs for campers and other  guests who  come to enjoy  this special place in the redwoods.

More information regarding the National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Program  can be found  here:


Westminster Woods is a recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization as a subordinate unit of the Presbyterian Church (USA). For further information about Westminster Woods, please visit our website or contact Mark Fassett - 

Westminster Woods Camp and Conference Center
6510 Bohemian Hwy.
Occidental, CA 95465 
Telephone: (707) 874-2426