Lori York has been an outstanding secondary school teacher in the Vancouver school district for 19 years fueled by a big vision to make environmental education available to all secondary school students. Choosing to work with at-risk youth in alternative schools for eight years, Lori re-engaged students by providing an integrated learning approach to environmental education, teaching Math, Science, English, Social Studies, PE, Visual Arts and Outdoor Ed for grades 8, 9, and 10. Lori’s inspiration to become a teacher happened in 1998, while she worked as a volunteer tour leader of the “Native Uses of Plants” program at the Richmond Nature Park. Interacting with kids outdoors through place-based, experiential learning catalyzed her goal to become a teacher. For the last seven years Lori has led a cohort of teachers at Lord Byng Secondary to develop an outstanding program called LEAF, Leadership – Environment – Action – First People’s Principles of Learning and has created several courses including: Global Sustainability 11, Environmental Leadership 10, and Outdoor Education 11. The LEAF program will culminate in an Environmental Leadership certificate/designation for students who complete a mentored Capstone Project.