All About The Nature Teacher



Christy Schultz, The Nature Teacher and Founder of ECO-Every Child Outside,  has been working with children and teaching, in both the indoor and outdoor classroom,  for more than 20 years.  Her experience is diverse and unique.  After graduating from Florida State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education she spent many years teaching in the traditional classroom.  Looking for a change and seeing a need for environmental education in the community, she discovered the wonders of the outdoor classroom, where she has continued inspiring and educating both the young and old on the beauty and science of natural ecosystems, particularly those in South Florida.  As a Certified Florida Master Naturalist and Interpretive Guide, Christy is well-trained and versed in the intricacies of Florida Natural History and Ecology. She has spent the last 11 years out in the field – along our coastal shores, in the waters of the swamps, and hiking the highlands.  She and her students are always discovering, exploring, and learning.


ECO Adventurers netting the pond of Bonnet House Gardens.

All About ECO-Every Child Outside  The Nature Teacher’s goal is to provide a healthy way of getting children outside, learning about where they live, and growing to understand, respect and, subsequently, care for their environment.  Her programs, like the ECO Adventurers and ECO Family Field Trips, passionately and creatively instill a Sense of Place in all  the participants.  ECO is not limited to children…it is very important for the children to sometimes bring their adults along, so they too, can get OUTSIDE!



Identifying birds of Bird Key while cruising on the Pelican Skipper Catamaran.

All About Eco Experience Tours and Education  Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserves (BBAP) Eco Tourism Program is managed by  the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).  As the Eco Tour and Education  Coordinator for BBAP, The Nature Teacher facilitates Eco Experience Tours and Educational Events within the boundaries of the preserves.   Local South Florida families and visitors get out on the bay to learn  the importance of Biscayne Bay ecology.  The Eco Tourism program includes Eco Experience Educational Events – Bayologist Camps and Bayologist Days, and Eco Experience Tours – Boating the Preserves, Paddling the Preserves, and Netting the Preserves.