The Elizabeth Terwilliger Nature
Education Legacy (TNEL) is a nonprofit organization formed by her children, John and Lynn Ellen Terwilliger, to perpetuate
their mother’s legacy through the “Tripping with Terwilliger” habitat films. These five award-winning films
feature Mrs. T and are invaluable in instructing elementary school teachers, naturalists and parents in her multi-sensory
techniques that involve children with hands-on activities in the out-of-doors. For children, they are entertaining, yet instructive.
The Legacy's mission is “to teach children an awareness and appreciation of nature, so that as adults they will be prepared
to make responsible decisions about the environment.”
The five 16 mm films listed below were
produced in the 1970’s by Joan Linn Bekins and have been seen by 60 million elementary school children throughout the
United States.They have recently been transferred to DVD format
and an introduction to Mrs. T was added. The DVD's are distributed free by the TNEL to teachers, schools, public libraries,
children's museums, and other outdoor educational programs.
Redwood Forest, Freshwater stream & Ocean Beach
Grassland, Chaparral and Freshwater Pond
Sights and Sounds of the Seasons
Meet Mrs. T
Click the link to view the introduction to the five films
Elizabeth Terwilliger led school
field trips until she was 87. A nationally recognized Environmental Educator, she was personally honored at the White House
by President Reagan in 1984 for her volunteer life’s work as a naturalist teacher and conservationist.