Although Joan always loved the idea of working toward an environmentally sustainable future, she was encouraged in other directions, so she studied economics at the University of Michigan. However, a prolonged trek in Peru brought her back to her senses. She went on to earn a Masters in Science in Environmental Science and a Masters in Public Administration from the School for Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University. She then joined The U.S. Peace Corps in Honduras and fell in love with environmental education. This brought her to the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE), where she worked internationally and nationally for several years, serving first as the Director of International Programs, then as Deputy Director, and finally as Acting Executive Director. Joan then worked as Education Specialist for the Smithsonian, continuing the partnership started with NAAEE to develop overseas training programs. Although fun and satisfying, prolonged overseas travel did not sync well with Joan’s growing family, so she and her husband, Luis, moved to the ideal place to raise children—Vermont! As it turns out, this was also an ideal place for work. In 2009, Joan joined Shelburne Farms to serve as the Park Education Coordinator at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park (located about 2 hours south in Woodstock) and as A Forest for Every Classroom Facilitator. She now works with teachers to integrate education for sustainability and place-based learning into the curriculum and helps to create partnerships between parks, schools and community organizations.