Educator Spotlight: Stephanie Francis
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by The N.C. Office of Environmental Education and Public Affairs
4d ago
Stephanie Francis, a nonformal educator in Western North Carolina, recently completed her North Carolina Environmental Education Certification. When asked about her favorite part of earning her certification, Stephanie says it was the outdoor environmental education experiences. “I loved all of the outdoor experiences I took and getting to go outside and naturalize and become better acquainted with the world around me.” Stephanie says her community partnership project was the experience that stands out for her. “My project was a special experience. I got to reconnect with one of my former emp ..read more
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Educator Spotlight: Christine Ricci
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by The N.C. Office of Environmental Education and Public Affairs
1w ago
Christine Ricci, an Education Specialist for the NC Waterworks Operators Association, recently completed her NC Environmental Education Certification. Christine helps facilitate training for the state’s water professionals and in her personal time, she loves to read, explore state parks and visit her friends and family.  Christine says her favorite part of earning her certification was the variety of the training offered. “I learned from a variety of professionals in a variety of ways and about many different things. This meant I never got bored, and I was able to pass much of it on to ..read more
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Educator Spotlight: Haley Bock
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by The N.C. Office of Environmental Education and Public Affairs
1w ago
Haley Bock, an AmeriCorps service member with Resilience and Climate Corps North Carolina, recently completed her NC Environmental Education Certification Haley’s AmeriCorps host site is the Piedmont Triad Regional Council where her service supports their Stormwater SMART program. Haley is involved in program planning and educating communities about stormwater, water quality and conservation.  Haley’s favorite part of earning her certification was networking, learning new things and being able to travel across the state for different opportunities. “The program helped me network througho ..read more
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Educator Spotlight: Holly Theobald
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by The N.C. Office of Environmental Education and Public Affairs
2w ago
Holly Theobald, a nonformal educator from Harnett County recently completed her NC Environmental Education Certification. Holly enjoys teaching people of all ages and backgrounds through interactive, place-based instruction. In her personal time, she enjoys gardening, making tea blends and exploring nature.  Holly’s favorite part of the certification program was meeting and connecting with other educators across the state. “It was a joy to learn from them and to share with each other our love of the natural world.” For her community partnership project, Holly installed a garden at Highl ..read more
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Educator Spotlight: Kate Gavaghan
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by The N.C. Office of Environmental Education and Public Affairs
3w ago
Kate Gavaghan, an environmental educator at Blue Jay Point County Park in Wake County recently completed her NC Environmental Education Certification. Kate says the certification program helped her find her current position at the park which is part of Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space. Kate says the program’s variety and flexibility allowed her to choose workshops and other experiences that fit her schedule and educational needs. When asked about a certification experience that stood out for her, she says it was the weekend Educator Treks offered by the NC Museum of Natural Scien ..read more
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Educator Spotlight: Jessica Draughn
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by The N.C. Office of Environmental Education and Public Affairs
1M ago
Jessica Draughn, a communications specialist for the Town of Leland recently completed her NC Environmental Education Certification.  In her role as communications specialist, Jessica says she enjoys creating engaging content and helping to make sure communication with the community is accurate and informative. In her personal time, she enjoys being outdoors, hiking, birding and looking for more opportunities to teach environmental programs with local community groups.  Jessica says the certification helped advance her career. “Obtaining my Environmental Education Certification has ..read more
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Educator Spotlight: Brittany Watkins
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by The N.C. Office of Environmental Education and Public Affairs
1M ago
Brittany Watkins with the Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina recently completed her Environmental Education Certification. Brittany is the community engagement manager for the Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina, a non-profit land trust that serves eight counties in Western North Carolina. Part of the conservancy’s mission is to "cultivate communities that value conservation" which Brittany says is at the core of everything she does. “My main responsibilities are to manage our volunteer and education programs which both aim to engage learners of all ages in land conservation through ..read more
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Everything You Need to Know to Garden for Wildlife
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by The N.C. Office of Environmental Education and Public Affairs
1M ago
Talk and Book Signing with National Wildlife Federation Naturalist David Mizejewski  David Mizejewski, naturalist with the National Wildlife Federation, will give a talk followed by a book signing in the Museum of Natural Sciences’ SECU Daily Planet Theater on May 22 at noon.  Join David for a fun and informative talk on how to create a beautiful garden space that fits into the local ecosystem and supports birds, butterflies, bees and a whole host of other wonderful wildlife neighbors. Find out why native plants are critical, the four essential components of habitat, and the best s ..read more
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DEQ Celebrates Earth Day with the Release the State K-12 Environmental Literacy Plan
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by The N.C. Office of Environmental Education and Public Affairs
2M ago
Fuquay-Varina- State and local leaders gathered today at Lincoln Heights Environmental Connections Magnet Elementary School to celebrate Earth Day with students and release the state’s new K-12 Environmental Literacy Plan. “The Environmental Literacy Plan is a roadmap for increasing environmental understanding and preparing students for STEM careers,” said DEQ Secretary Elizabeth S. Biser.  “Lincoln Heights is a successful model of the schools exemplified in the Plan and the perfect place to celebrate Earth Day and the release of the updated plan.” This 2024 revision of the original 2010 ..read more
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Educator Spotlight: Adam Hubert
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by The N.C. Office of Environmental Education and Public Affairs
2M ago
Adam Hubert, a middle school science teacher at Hope Academy GSO, recently completed the NC Environmental Education Certification Program. In addition to being a science teacher, Adam is also an instructional coach and athletic director. “I teach and instructional coach from an experiential learning lens. I have a passion for connecting folks to the natural world.” Adam says his favorite part of the certification program was getting to see the beauty of North Carolina. “The range of classes allowed me to connect with other like-minded professionals in all three regions of the state. This hel ..read more
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