As the Education Coordinator for National Park Trust, Cari supports all aspects of the Buddy Bison School Program and Kids to Parks Day. Part of her responsibilities include identifying Title 1 schools in urban communities that have a need to connect their students with the outdoors. Working with teachers, Cari identifies pieces of their established curriculum that can be bolstered through real-world experience, then ties in parks that meet those needs.
She also is the lead for our Kids to Parks Day National School Contest which in 2016 awarded approximately 90 Title 1 schools with park grants to celebrate Kids to Parks Day in May.Cari obtained her Bachelor of Arts in equine science from Otterbein University and her Master of Education in secondary education with a concentration in biology from DePaul University. As a Chicago Public School teacher, Cari focused on instilling a love of physical, earth, and life sciences in middle school students at a Title 1 school in the Pilsen-Little Village community. In addition to inspiring students to think critically, Cari drove a transition to inquiry-based science instruction within the school.