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Lauren Maples

(PEAS) Partners for Education Agriculture and Sustainability
Executive Director
Austin, TX
Lauren Zappone Maples is the co-founder and Executive Director of PEAS (Partners for Education, Agriculture, and Sustainability), a nonprofit operating in Austin, TX.  PEAS educators partners directly with teachers and their classes in local schools by leading outdoor lessons that support them in full utilization of outdoor spaces on their campuses.  Prior to PEAS, Lauren was a classroom teacher for 13 years, an environmental educator for the City of Austin for two years, and taught as an adjunct at 2 local universities.  In 2014 she won the John F. Ahrns Award for Environmental Education from the Children in Nature Network Collaborative of Austin and was also awarded the Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching Grant which allowed her to spend a semester studying place-based outdoor education in New Zealand.  In 2016 she won the Fulbright Alumni Grant and just completed her research project "Gardens of Change - An In Depth Look of School Gardening Programs in the US" in August of 2018.