Webinar: How to Keep a Nature Journal

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In this webinar, Lower School teachers Eric Heil and Peter Vitz provide some practical tips on how students can keep nature journals.

Eric Heil

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Eric Heil


Eric Heil is originally from the Napa Valley in northern California. He studied Spanish language and culture for one year at the University of Navarre, in Spain, and then he completed his B.A. in biology at the University of Dallas. In 2001, he joined Teach for America and taught middle-school math and science in the Bronx for two years. He was the Robert G. Engel Mammalogy Fellow at the Bronx Zoo before moving to Washington DC to work for the Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park. At the National Zoo, Eric investigated the nutritional ecology of the California sea otter. He taught in the lower school for eight years before taking a sabbatical year. He returned to the Valley having attained an AMI diploma in Elementary Montessori education. Eric also received his M.Ed. from Loyola University Maryland.

Peter Vitz

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Peter Vitz


Peter Vitz graduated from New York University, a stone’s throw from his Greenwich Village home, with a B.A. in psychology. After several years working in advertising, architecture, and design, he now builds young men of character. He joined the faculty in 2007, teaching fourth grade homeroom for seven years. He now shares his artistic talent teaching art in the lower and middle school. Peter has also coached Junior Varsity Soccer every year since beginning at The Heights. He and his wife, Ann, live in Rockville with their five children.