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Sarah Johnson of Wild Rose Education paddling boat


Wild Rose Education

At Wild Rose Education we teach people 'how to see', to become better observers, and how to take action in the world through our participant-centered learning experiences. We go beyond what has been and facilitate becoming what can be with environmental education program design, climate change empowerment, and experiential education trainings and workshops.

Our work is done collaboratively with larger institutions as well as independently through our own projects. Programming occurs in-person as well as virtually. Regional projects are common, yet national collaborations have become a staple product of Wild Rose Education. 

Wild Rose Education is a lean and nimble, effective, sole proprietor, woman-owned, small business practice established in 2015. 

Sarah R. Johnson ventured into freelance education and training after working as a watershed educator in Western Colorado for nearly a decade. Before that she was a park interpreter and educator at Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Shenandoah, and North Cascades National Parks. And before all that, she shared wild places with youth through wilderness expeditions and working at Girl Scout camps in-between semesters at Missouri State University where she studied Biology and Geology.  Coming from a rural background Sarah brings a unique perspective and a deeply personal connection to her work. She earned her MA. Ed in Natural Science and Environmental Education from Hamline University in Minnesota. 

Today, she designs and facilitates educator professional development workshops, trainings, and graduate courses. Her commitment to climate justice education was solidified as she served as an observer delegate at the UNFCCC COP 26 in Glasgow, Scotland in 2021. Upon returning from the Arctic Ocean twice with PolarTREC, she now designs and coordinates Arctic STEM programs.  Sarah is on the Fulbright Specialist Roster until April 2026.  She has created and facilitated numerous environmental education programs including the award winning Youth Water Leadership Program, and Project Learning Tree Canada's Climate Change and Forests curriculum

Sarah volunteers as a global facilitator and mentor with the World Association for Girl Guides and Girl Scouts and serves in a leadership role on the Girl Scouts of Colorado Global Action Team completing recent travels to World Centers in Ghana and Mexico. She recently completed her time in the Living School at the Center for Action and Contemplation. Sarah has been based in western Colorado working to protect rivers and public lands through education since 2004 where she enjoys playing outside during all seasons, gardening, and making music.

About Sarah R Johnson

Sarah R Johnson of Wild Rose Education in Carbondale, Colorado
Youth Water Leadership Program CAEE Innovative EE Program Award

Wild Rose Education Successes

  • Years of excellence expanding nationally and beyond reaching students around the globe since 2015

  • 2020 Innovative Environmental Education Program Award for Youth Water Leadership Program from Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education

  • Each year reaches hundreds of learners through variety of programs and workshops.

  • Established strong relationships with numerous partners, funders, collaborators, and participants.

Recomendations from LinkedIn Connections


Sarah is such a go-getter. I hear of her involvement with all kinds of exciting opportunities. She readily shares her knowledge. And she keeps a positive attitude and open demeanor. Sarah is a consummate professional who is always thinking of those around her. Her understanding of financial matters enhances her career. Sarah is innovative and filled with life. Her tenacity to see projects to completion is admirable.It is a joy to know Sarah!

Betsy Leonard / Retired Environmental Educator / Battlement Mesa, Colorado

Sarah is an asset because she studies, learns and then teaches in a way that helps me understand our complex world and she uses pictures to aid understand.  She has taken many opportunities to go out into the world to learn and then construct presentations. I appreciate that she lives in our community.

Richard Vottero / Community Volunteer / Carbondale, Colorado

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