- Director, Shirley G. Moore Lab School
- Institute of Child Development
- College of Education and Human Development
Sheila Williams Ridge is the director of the Shirley G. Moore Laboratory School. She began her career in early childhood education as a business manager for a nature-based preschool program. She has a degree in biology as well as education and started working as a preschool teacher-naturalist in 2002. Williams Ridge is passionate about encouraging and promoting nature-based and outdoor play and education with children and adults. She believes that the relationship with nature is essential to child development and has lasting social, emotional and behavioral benefits. Her research interests include the benefits of nature-based play, child-directed curriculum and the effects of nature play in child and adolescent behavior.
Williams Ridge is a certified trainer for the Minnesota Center for Professional Development, a facilitator for the NAEYC Nature Interest Forum, a member of the Twin Cities Adventure Playground organization, program chair for the Nature-based Preschool National Conference, a member of the Nature-based Learning Research Network, an adjunct instructor at Hamline University teaching their nature education in early childhood course, and a member of the Natural Start Alliance board.
Articles by Sheila Williams Ridge
In today’s gadget-obsessed world, nature education and outdoor preschool activities are more important than ever. At the University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development (CEHD), we’re studying the […]