WCLC is proud to name Peter Dargatz as WCLC’s first Conservation Superhero! As a kindergarten teacher at Woodside Elementary, Peter is doing incredible things to share his love of the outdoors with our future environmental leaders!

He and his students spend time outdoors daily learning about different plants, animals, and Mother Nature. The kids normally complete at least one full lesson outside, in addition to exploring a small oak opening near the school during recess and free time. The students also complete service projects and help remove invasive species such as garlic mustard.

The program has been so successful that the model has been adopted by the other kindergarten classes in his school, and he has had the chance to collaborate with Retzer Nature Center to give the students new opportunities.

Peter’s work is incredibly important not only because it gives kids the chance to connect with nature, but also because oak savannas and oak woodlands are important. He has been able pass this appreciation and love for the environment to his own kids by involving them with his Tyke Hikes with the Ice Age Trail Alliance.