Roberta McFarland, Ed.D.
Dr. McFarland serves as the Director/Principal of Outdoor Environmental Education for Waskowitz Outdoor Programs. As an innovator and educational entrepreneur, she leads her staff in developing programs that motivate students to find the ‘magic’ by engaging on a journey of diversity with people and nature. WELS began as a program to engage high school students in authentic leadership and learning opportunities at Waskowitz for a semester. It is now a three-year program serving more than 90 students a year.
Dr. McFarland has served as a residential outdoor environmental educator since 1979. She has college degrees from the east coast (Springfield College) to the west coast (City University of Seattle) and several in-between (Sam Houston State University and Stephen F Austin State University) completing her Educational Doctorate in curriculum, instruction and assessment in 2014 from Walden University.
She proudly admits to being a naturalized North Westerner as a coffee aficionado and hiking enthusiast. While her career started with the Houston, Texas Outdoor Education Center programs in 1979; some argue she started year one- as the youngest staff at the Boy Scout Camp Mohican where her father served as Camp Director.
Roberta and her team work diligently to develop and implement curriculum and experiences that educate the whole student. Students enrolled in the WELS program complete their high school education with an environmental themed curriculum and multiple leadership opportunities at Waskowitz Outdoor Education Center and within their community.