Episode 43: Regenerative education, incl. learning session
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With Annie Roth of the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont

What is a RELC? How can schoolyards be used in place-based learning? Why is it sometimes important for educators to become co-learners with their students? In this episode, we first hear about Tremont’s RELC as well as the Institute’s approach to supporting learners (educators included) before partaking in a virtual learning session that includes a grounding exercise and an activity called My New Best Friend. We also get into regenerative education: what it is and how it manifests.


Annie Roth has been called to connect with the land since she was young. Growing up in Michigan, she trounced in the Little Manistee River finding frogs, getting messy, and always wondering. Her curiosity led her to pursue a career in education, sharing in the wonders of the world around her with others. After college, life brought her to Nashville where she worked within project-based learning schools and earned her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction. She is excited to now bridge her two loves — teaching and the outdoors — working to connect people with nature alongside the Tremont team. In her spare time, you can find Annie obsessing over a newly found fungi, hiking in the backcountry with her husband and their pup, Maple, or enjoying the water by kayak or paddle board.

*Natural sounds recorded by Tara Shumate

*Episode edited by M. Angel Goñi Avila

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