Terril Shorb | Prescott College

Terril Shorb

Academic Statement

Terril is a long-time faculty member of the Adult Degree and Graduate Program and is co-publisher of a small, natural history press, Native West Press. He strongly believes in student's deep capacities to master self-actualization toward service to the human and natural world.  He invites his students to be co-creators of new and needed ways of learning for a more compassionate and sustaining world, including the reunification of ecological and social aspects of human consciousness and helping communities to grow toward bioregional self-sufficiency and resilience.




Ph.D., Prescott College, Sustainability Education; M.A., Sonoma State University, Interdisciplinary Studies, 1992; Journalism Certificate, Sonoma State University; B.A., Sonoma State University, Communications Studies, 1989.


Terril Shorb has extensive background, education, and professional experience in inviting people to reciprocal relationship with the natural world, which also nourishes social connections.  This expertise is grounded in his adolescence as a member of a large subsistence family and continued with his role in a group of co-founders in 1974 of Montana's Alternative Energy Resources Organization (AERO).  He created in 1996 Prescott College's Sustainable Community Development Program, the first of its kind in the nation.  He works with classroom teachers and other adults to help them understand the science behind the developmental benefits to young people of their direct contact with the natural world.  Related to this work, he created the popular "Children and Nature" course to extend that kind of knowledge in his student's communities.  Terril works in the greater central Arizona highlands region to help citizens actively conserve and restore natural habitats for the durable health of the community of ALL beings.


Exploring the Twin Landscapes of Biophilic Learning, Green Teacher Magazine: Education for Planet Earth, Summer, 2012.

Let Us Learn Again to Nourish a Gifted Subsistence.  Journal of Sustainability Education. March, 2011.

Sustainability Education Invites Learners to Anticipate and Shape the Future: Terril Shorb Interviews Stephen Sterling.  Journal of Sustainability Education. March, 2011.

Climate Change and Creature Comforts, Thoreau’s Legacy: American Stories on Global Warming. Union of Concerned Scientists and Penguin Classics; July, 2009

The Butterfly Curriculum: Learning to Help Heal the Community of All Beings., ProQuest, UMI # 3359368, July, 2009.

“Sustainability Education and Teaching Leadership.” Academic Exchange Quarterly; June 22, 2007; Nichols, Jane; Shorb, Terril

“Have You Had Your Daily Dose of Biodiversity?”  Sustainable Ways, 3, 11, 2005. 

“Toward Sustainable Community—Some Considerations.”  Sustainable Ways, 2, 15. 2005.

“Of Habitat and Habitude,” Sustainable Ways, 2004.

“A Fire’s Subtle Changes and Casualties,” The Denver Post, 2002.

“Fear the Fires, Spare the Tree, Pack to Flee,” The Arizona Republic, 2002.

“Funeral Industry Giant Sues Small Publisher,” Albion Monitor, 1998.

“Tools for Transformation,” SUCCEED: The Magazine of Continuing Education, 1997.

“Garden Saviors Dressed in Blue,” Birds & Blooms Magazine, 1997.

“Land Dispute Rages on in Navajoland,” Albion Monitor, 1997.

“Death of a Centenarian,” The Daily Prescott Courier, 1995.

“The Untouchable Touchstone: Television and Society,” The Writing on the Wall, 1993.

“Speculators Return to Destroy Laguna Uplands,” Sonoma County Environmental Impact Reporter, 1991.

 “Nature’s Nursemaids,” “Mixed Blessings: Earth‘s Tallest Life-forms,” “Surreal Shoreline,” “Navigating the North: Travels of a Bay Area Romantic,” “Surreal Shoreline,” “Nature: The Bay Area’s Butterfly World,” others, all in America West Airlines Magazine, 1987—1991


Verde River Watershed Association: presentation on "Del Rio Springs: Oasis of History and Possibility," which offers a cultural and natural history of a rare artesian springs in central Arizona that is biodiverse and has been an important crossroads for native people for millennia.

Helios Scholars Program: presentation called 'Finding Our Way Home' which shares the importance to children's cognitive and emotional devlopment of regular interaction with the natural world.

"Greening the Habitats of the Heart" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the North American Association for Environmental Education, Oct 24, 2005.

Coverage in News & Media

Terril's current livelihood path as an educator was preceded by extensive and rich experience in news media.  He has been a reporter for weekly newspapers, a radio advertising copywriter, and a successful freelance magazine writer.  He continues to write and photograph for select media and encourages his students to develop their skills to do the same. He also co-edits a natural history press with his wife, Yvette Schnoeker-Shorb.