Monarch Butterflies and Citizen Science
Serving the Maryland Science Center in numerous functions for more than 30 years, Jim serves as MSC liaison to large-format (IMAX) film producers and distributors. He currently oversees a $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation for the production and educational outreach for the IMAX film Flight of the Butterflies 3D. He was Co-Executive Producer of the IMAX film Dinosaurs Alive 3D and managed a $1.95 million NSF grant that helped fund The Human Body IMAX film, all of which have played in more than 125 large-format theaters worldwide. He is Co-Executive Producer of Star Spangled Banner: Anthem of Liberty, a large-format film that premiered in June 2014 to celebrate the bicentennial of the battle of Ft. McHenry and the writing of the Star-Spangled Banner in September 1814. He has also received a number of NASA and NOAA informal education grants and was awarded the NASA Excellence in Outreach Award.
Katie-Lyn graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2008 with a degree in Environmental Sciences Policy and Management. Since then, she has worked as an informal educator at the Bell Museum of Natural History, nature centers, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, Dakota County Parks, and most recently at Como Park Zoo and Conservatory where she was also the Camp Director.
She serves on the board for the Minnesota Association for Environmental Education, a volunteer-run organization for promoting and advocating for environmental education in Minnesota. Katie-Lyn enjoys the opportunities the Monarch Lab has to work with so many people devoted to and interested in promoting conservation and education. She loves having such an integral role in providing them with the tools and skills they are seeking.
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