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Mrs. T

September 13, 1909 - November 27, 2006

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 bee
n  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

Oak Woodland

Bay Tidelands

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.



The Legacy is a nonprofit, 501c3 tax-deductible corporation.

Tax ID #56-2374411