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 PollinatorLIVE: Schoolyard Gardening Basics

Eliza Russell
Eliza Russell Eliza Russell is Director of Education Programs for the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and directs NWF education outreach activities, including NWF’s habitat, volunteer, and youth programs. She has helped many schools develop outdoor classrooms. Previously, she served as NWF’s Senior Volunteer Manager and helped to create and strengthen NWF's volunteer presence as a nationally recognized volunteer organization increasing volunteer involvement in all aspects of the organization.

Ms. Russell graduated from State University of New York at Oswego in 1990 with a B.A. in American History and Museum Studies. She has worked in the non-profit career field both with the U.S. government and independent organizations. Ms. Russell worked for the National Park Service as a park ranger at Women's Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls, New York before becoming a member of the lead staff to open the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) in Washington, DC. During her tenure at USHMM, Ms. Russell was instrumental in advancing the professional status of the visitor service staff as well as creating a sustainable volunteer core. Ms. Russell’s experience with starting new venues was next tested at the Baltimore's Children Museum - Port Discovery where she managed and directed the daily operations for the Museum, its visitor service staff, and volunteers.

Cindy Wrenn
Cindy Wrenn Cindy Wrenn, principal of Signal Hill Elementary in Prince William County, Virginia, has a lifelong love of gardening. As a child she planted with her grandfather, a master gardener, and helped him catalogue hundreds of varieties of flowers. She is a graduate of George Mason University where she earned a B.S. degree and a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with a K-12 Administration Endorsement. She has taught students in fourth through eighth grade. During that time she also worked as a writer/researcher for an educational television network and served as the President of the Prince William Education Association. Her work led her to present at several National Conferences and she became a staff development specialist for Prince William County Schools. After three years of presenting workshops and training new teachers, she became an administrator at Signal Hill Elementary School when it opened in 2000. It was there that she once again had a chance to plant and develop an outdoor science lab/garden. The garden, named Le Jardin de la Connaissance or Garden of Knowledge, was established in 2003 and continues to be a central part of Signal Hill’s community today.

Thelma E. Redick
Thelma E. Redick Thelma E. Redick is Director of Conservation Education and Outreach with the Wildlife Habitat Council and is co-chairman of the Youth Education Task Force of the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign, the developers of the curriculum. She is a trained naturalist and master gardener with experience in designing schoolyard gardens in Pittsburgh, PA, where she currently teaches in the Native Plants Certificate Program at Phipps Conservatory. In her position with the Wildlife Habitat Council, an international conservation organization, she works with conservation and corporate partners to develop site-based education programs which enable students to build a proficiency in concepts and skills outlined in local and national education standards.

Dr. John Pickering
Dr. John Pickering Dr. John Pickering has been an ecology professor at the University of Georgia since 1984. His goal is to understand changes in the diversity, abundance, distribution, and dispersal of all living things, across scales, from local to global. Since this cannot be done by a single individual, a wide variety of scientists created Discover Life, a website with the technology to enable an army of scientists, students, and volunteers to work together, study biodiversity, and share information on a grand scale. Bee Hunt, and similar projects, enable students and classrooms to participate in a scientific study to understand the impact of climate change and other factors on plant-pollinator interactions, geographic distributions, and seasonal abundances.

Nancy Lowe
Nancy Lowe Nancy Lowe is outreach coordinator for Bee Hunt for Discover Life. She is a scientific illustrator whose work has been exhibited in the U.S. and abroad, and she teaches field study workshops at museums, field stations, schools, and other institutions. She co-founded Georgia Coalition for No Child Left Inside.

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