Geoffrey E. Bishop, hails from the bush in North West NSW, Australia. After his childhood spent on his family’s sheep station he went to an agricultural boarding school for five years, and then to University in both Sydney and Melbourne where he studied Horticulture and Landscape Architecture.
For the next 10 years he traveled the world, visiting over 80 countries, where he spent most of his time trekking in rural areas, learning cultures and understanding his place in the world.
In 1996 Geoffrey started Nature’s Classroom Institute of Wisconsin, Inc. NCI is a residential environmental education program serving schools throughout the Midwest. The Nature’s Classroom Institute program helps students understand the natural environment, participate in ecosystem exploration and study, and work together with their peers and teachers as a community. The program includes activities such as confidence-building, group challenges, historical simulations, scientific explorations, and many more hands-on academic lessons.
After developing a strong academic and environmental outdoor based curriculum, he formed Nature’s Classroom Montessori School that blends the core philosophy of Montessori with his environmental principles. The past Board Chair of the Wisconsin Association of Environmental Education (WAEE), he has been honored by WAEE as Wisconsin Non-Formal Educator of the Year.
Nature’s Classroom is on 400 acres in the small rural community of Mukwonago, Wisconsin. Geoffrey’s passionate and sustained focus over the past 15 years has been on organics and sustainability in schools while promoting getting children back outdoors and helping adults understand the importance of instinctive play in the natural world.
Mirko Sever is the Director of Outreach – California for Nature’s Classroom Institute. Mirko will be leading the sales, marketing, and development of the EE program in California. Mirko grew up in a Serbian family and received a Master’s degree in Accounting and Finance from University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. In his free time Mirko works with a number of nonprofits and volunteers with a local hospice organization visiting patients. Mirko is excited to take on the adventure and expand NCI’s teachings and values to students in California.
Jordan is currently in his fourth year with NCI and comes to us from Kentucky. He attended Lindsey Wilson College where he played soccer for four years and earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration. He came into the program as an instructor and has remained here since. His passion for the program and our mission shows through his teams’ dedication. He is a high energy educator with a camp counselor background and knowledgeable about the trees and vegetation in the area. He can keep students engaged through silly games and songs while teaching them about the world around them.
My name is Jordan Cary and I am from Frankfort, Kentucky but currently finishing up work in California. I’ve been working with children of all ages for several years; in a classroom setting as a Child Care Aide for an Elementary school and also in an outdoor setting as a Counselor/Ropes Course Instructor and Outpost Coordinator. I love being active and learning by exploring all this beautiful world has to offer and am looking forward to making an impact through Natures Classroom Institute.
Lisa grew up exploring Florida’s varied natural environments but didn’t realize the impact those experiences would have on her. After graduating college, she continued to learn by teaching environmental education and leading adventure trips throughout the country. Lisa recently joined NCI and has worked at sites in California, Texas, and Florida. She looks forward to teaching in her home state and being able to experience, discover, and understand more about the unique ecosystems alongside students.
Will Mahoney originally hails from New Jersey, but has spent time working in environmental education all over the country and even abroad in The Bahamas. He attended Gettysburg College where he majored in Environmental Studies, focusing on policy and management. Will is incredibly passionate about the natural world and loves to share that passion with his students. During his free time, Will likes to spend as much time as possible outdoors and especially enjoys fly fishing and bird watching.