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Benjamin Herbertson

Ben has spent his entire life learning how to engage safely with the outdoors, and is now passing that knowledge along to the children at the New Village School.

Benjamin Herbertson grew up on the hillsides of Marin County. He spent his youth living and working at Slide Ranch on the Marin coast. This was an original site where the Miwok once fished and foraged for food, which is now a working educational farm where children get to experience and learn where their food comes from.  

Ben attended a Waldorf-inspired school until the 8th grade. Mr. Cohen happened to be, fortunately for the New Village School, one of the teachers with whom he had a very strong connection. In this environment, he learned to fully engage with the world around him as an active participant. He would eventually graduate from Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley, but not before traveling all over India, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and England with his family on a year long adventure his junior year of high school.

Ben attended and graduated from Humboldt State University, where he received a bachelor’s degree for his studies in International Relations and a minor in Spanish. During this period, he also spent a semester living in Ecuador. 

Ben joined the New Village School in November 2014 as the Assistant for the Classroom Without Walls, for which he is now the Lead Teacher.

Ben is a certified California Firefighter and EMT, and also holds a Wilderness First Aid certification. He has a love and knowledge of the Marin outdoors, and has been inspired to pass along this passion for our natural surroundings to the children in such a way that encourages them to actively engage in their world rather than be passive observers.

Ben has spent his entire life learning how to engage safely with the outdoors, and is now passing that knowledge along to the children at the New Village School.

On the weekends, Ben can be found outdoors most days, as he enjoys backpacking, camping and gardening and watching his hometown Giants. Ben is engaged and lives with his fiancĂ© Samantha in San Rafael.