Dawn Pape

Dawn Pape
Speaker, Educator, Author



~ Speaker, Educator, Author~

D awn Pape started planting gardens in third grade when she was awarded a packet of seeds by her teacher and hasn’t stopped planting since. She may have been the only college student at the University of Wisconsin – Madison to plant flowers at the places she rented. There, she earned undergraduate degrees in Education, German Literature and Environmental Studies. She later earned her Masters degree in Environmental Education from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point. Over the last two decades, she has worked as a high school teacher, at a non-profit helping schools develop nature areas on their school grounds and as an environmental education coordinator at a watershed district where she started the Blue Thumb – Planting for Clean Water program.

Dawn has served as a Master Gardener volunteer for 16 years, is a local newspaper columnist, owns and operates her own business and still manages to spend several days a week at home with her two young boys, ages two and five. When asked about her free time, Dawn replied she doesn’t really have free time right now. But if she did, it would be spent doing yoga, visiting friends and reading books–probably about gardening.