PollinatorLIVE: Schoolyard Gardening Basics
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, 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
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 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
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 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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