Sara Starbuck: Sara Starbuck, EdD, is an associate professor in the Department of Human Environmental Studies and administrative director of the Early Childhood Centers for Training, Research, and Education at Southeast Missouri State University. Dr. Starbuck has over thirty years of experience in the field of early childhood education as a teacher educator, administrator, and teacher of young children, and she is deeply involved in connecting children to nature and helping adults understand the importance of nature in the children’s lives. She earned her EdD from Nova Southeastern University in child and youth studies with a specialization in management of programs. Her BS and MS degrees are from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, in early childhood education.
Marla Olthof: Marla Olthof has nearly a decade of experience teaching toddlers and preschoolers and has trained a variety of teachers in a multitude of settings, including undergraduate practicum experiences and student teaching, at Southern Illinois University and the Purdue University Calumet Head Start Resource Center. Marla also enjoys volunteering in the classroom as the parent of three elementary school-aged daughters.
Karen Midden: Karen Midden is a professor in plant, soil, and agricultural systems at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. She is a landscape architect working in Illinois and teaches landscape design, designing outdoor spaces, and sustainable landscape practices. Her current research and projects include urban agriculture, green roofs, and vertical gardening.