George Scarlett is a senior lecturer in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development. In the past, his teaching and publications have focused on children’s play, approaches to children’s challenging behaviors, and religious and spiritual development across the life-span. More recently, his focus has been on teaching and writing about the development of ‘Earth stewards’. As a Tisch Faculty Fellow, he will be carrying out a research project at the New England Aquarium, a project studying the experiences of those teens who have been deeply involved in the NEAq’s most intensive programs. The project’s aim is to construct a model for defining and evaluating the developmental status of emerging Earth stewards as well as for identifying key supports for the development of Earth stewardship. The Fellowship will also be used to continue to develop a Tufts course on Children, Nature, and the Ecology Movement—and to provide opportunity for students to work closely with the Biodiversity for a Livable Climate organization, which promotes understanding of how eco-restoration can be our best hope for fighting climate change. Finally, the Fellowship will support ongoing work in the Eliot-Pearson Children’s School to develop this lab school into a model program with respect to connecting young children to the natural world.