Couple give inner-city kids an educational camp experience


On northern California’s spectacular coast a free camp for low-income children provides hands-on science education and team building – along with ‘nonstop fun.’

When Laura and Shawn Sears arrived in the Mississippi Delta some 13 years ago, they had no idea how the schoolchildren they would teach for the next two years would change the course of their lives.

Leaving college with liberal arts degrees – his in psychology, hers in geology – Shawn and Laura applied to Teach for America and were eventually placed to teach in one of the poorest regions in the country.

Today, celebrating 14 years together (getting married along the way in 2004), they’ve seen the seeds sown during their experiences in Mississippi grow to fruition in the founding of Vida Verde Nature Education, a nonprofit outdoor education camp they’ve now run for 11 years.

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