Ben Klasky

Mr Klasky is an educator, a social entrepreneur, and the President and CEO of Islandwood, one of the world’s leading environmental education centres.

Headquartered on Bainbridge Island near Seattle, Islandwood is an innovative US non-profit outdoor education organisation, with the core mission of creating meaningful learning experiences for urban children in nature. Established in 2002, Islandwood has won numerous national and international awards for its programs that connect children from underserved communities around America with the outdoors. Through its Graduate Program Islandwood has also helped thousands of American teachers expand their knowledge and skills in using the environment as a context for teaching and learning.

Mr Klasky speaks and writes regularly about the benefits of getting kids exploring and learning outside. He is a regular blogger at Huffington Post and in his role at Islandwood he has been instrumental in engaging an extraordinary level of philanthropic support for the movement to re-connect children to nature through private donors and the corporate sector including Boeing, Microsoft and Disney.

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