Laura Parker Roerden writes, consults, and speaks about kids’ connection to themselves, each other, and the earth. She is the executive director and founder of Ocean Matters, a nonprofit that brings young people ages 15+ to perform service projects on scuba to help save threatened marine resources. Laura has taught marine education in a myriad of settings including traditional classrooms, on decks of science-at-sea programs, and 100-feet beneath the sea on scuba in ecosystems ranging from the rocky intertidal to the coral reef.
Laura has consulted to many different educational outreach projects including the school bullying prevention project Operation Respect founded by Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul & Mary; Ben & Jerry’s Peace Pop campaigns; and projects by the National Basketball Associations, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, AT&T, and Pokemon USA to name a few. She also serves on the board of Earth, Ltd. of Southwicks Zoo.
Laura has a master of education degree from Harvard University and a B.A. from Boston College and is a lecturer and author of many books, curricula, and articles on young people’s social, emotional, and ethical development. She lives on a fifth generation family farm in Massachusetts with her husband, three boys, and an assortment of fruit trees and farm animals. She thinks today’s young people are reason to be hopeful about the many environmental problems facing us.