|David Ellis leads a class at the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center.|
David Ellis, Instructional Systems Specialist for the Fergus Falls Wetland Management District’s Prairie Wetlands Learning Center in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, spent more than 30 years in public education before getting into environmental education permanently. David’s enthusiasm and energy is directed toward using the local environment as a tool to teach students about science, math, language arts and other subjects. By integrating his extensive teaching experience with his love of the outdoors, he creates an environment where students can explore, discover and learn about the natural environment while meeting state and local curriculum standards.
5 Questions for David
1. What inspired you to work with young people?
My inspiration to work with young people began the fall of my freshman year of college. Taking a part-time job to pay for tuition was necessary. My job that fall was working as a noon supervisor at a nearby elementary school. They paid me, but looking back, my memory is of the great delight it was to have children talk with me and gather around me to be with me. That experience was a defining moment for me. Children inspire me. Children see the world with wonder. Children delight in life. They delight in the natural world. Being a part of their lives has always been the best part of each day. Seeing nature through the eyes of a child keeps the wonder of this world fresh and alive.