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Becca Franzen


After earning her B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Becca worked in varied roles at environmental education centers and camps for people with disabilities. Seeing a need to better connect with local communities, Becca went back to school for a Master’s degree in Human and Community Resources. She then completed her doctorate degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a Specialization in Science Social Studies and Environmental Education Integration from Northern Illinois University. Becca teaches courses in foundations of environmental education, environmental education methods, environmental issues, and investigations and graduate seminars.  Her research focuses on pre-service teacher education in environmental education and environmental literacy.

Experience and Interests

Teaching Areas

  • Environmental Education
  • Environmental Issue Investigation and Action
  • Recreation and Parks Interpretation
  • Natural Resources Leadership and Communication
  • Place-based Education

Research Interests

  • Environmental literacy
  • Environmental Education in Higher Education
  • Professional Development of Educators



  • Member, Institutional Review Board

Professional Memberships

  • Program Lead, Accreditation of College and University Programs, North American Association for Environmental Education
  • Member and CIG-T, National Association for Interpretation

Fun Facts

Last book you read?

How to be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi

Best advice you ever received?

Keep your eyes on the prize.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?

I wanted to save the world!

Favorite Quote

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by.

What do you enjoy most about teaching?

The curiosity and creativity of students.

If you like sharing about the environment with others, this is the place for you!

Rebecca Franzen
Becca Franzen
Professor and Director of the Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education
Global Affiliate Scholar - Ed.D. in Educational Sustainability

237 Trainer Natural Resources


Ed.D. Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Science, Social Studies, and Environmental Education Integration
Northern Illinois University

M.S. Human and Community Resources with an emphasis in Adult Education
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

B.S. Resource Management - Environmental Education and Interpretation with minors in Biology and Camp and Youth Agency Administration and Programming
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point