Laurette is the STRAW Program Director at Point Blue Conservation Science, collaborating to provide a restoration science education program for K-12 students and teachers. Laurette is also a presenter, writer and teacher.
In 1992, her 4th grade students began the Shrimp Project, a project designed to help save an endangered species through restoration and public outreach. The Shrimp Project has now evolved into the STRAW (Students and Teachers Restoring A Watershed) Project, a program of Point Blue Conservation Science. Laurette is also the author of The California Freshwater Shrimp Project: An Example of Environmental Project-Based Learning. She received her B.A. from University of California, Berkeley, and her M.A. in Education and Teaching Credential from Dominican University. Her most recent awards include: “The Ted Wellman Water Award” from the Marin Conservation League (2016); “The Carala Bard Education Award” from The Bay Institute (2016); The Exceptional Environmental Educator Award from EECOM (Environmental Education Council of Marin) (2013); and the “Standout Conservation Hero Award” from the International Wildlife Film Festival (2010).
“I think this project changed everything I thought we could do. I always thought kids meant nothing. I feel that it did show me that kids can make a difference in the world, and that we are not just little dots.”
– Megan Marsh
“I always thought that the teacher made the path and the students followed; but in this case, the students made the path and the teacher followed.”
– Adam Welliver
“There is no denying Mrs. Rogers. What she wants, she goes after.”
– Paul Martin, rancher and partner