Christine Harlan

Christine Harlan

Christine Harlan

Christine Harlan

Christine is the Programs Coordinator with the Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve.

She has been a member of EEAA for 2 years.

Her post-secondary education:

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, BA- Humanities, Science, and Environment with a minor in Psychology

Her additional certifications:
Certified by Alabama Water Watch in water chemistry and bacteriological testing

Certifications in Project WILD, Project WET, Project Learning Tree and Project Flying WILD educational programs

Wilderness First aid/CPR

Her experiences in environmental education:

After graduation, I was a counselor for at- risk youth at Eckerd Youth Alternatives, an outdoor residential facility where I supplemented educational needs with private tutoring and guided youth in academic lessons, wilderness training and problem solving.  Activities included managing a 14 day canoe trip and platform tent construction.

I was an Environmental Educator at Grace Point Camp and Retreat Center in Tennessee.  Here, I established the first nature program for summer campers and created a food conservation program that coincided with gardening and cooking lessons.

As an Environmental Educator at Mcdowell Environmental Center, I taught students grades 3-12 on topics of renewable energy, freshwater ecology, orienteering and geology.

I was an after school teacher in Birmingham with Better Basics and Birmingham Regional Empowerment and Development Center.  I incorporated Environmental Education into STEM – based lessons.  This was a rewarding experience to give students exposure to nature, who would otherwise, receive none.

Through Fresh Air Family, I served as the Summer Camp Director and created programming for the “Gross Out” science camp and the “Prepared, Not Scared” wilderness preparedness camp (grades 1-7) in Birmingham, Al.  I designed hands-on activities, materials, lesson plans and developed media communications for promotion.

Currently, I am the Programs Coordinator at Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve in Birmingham and am responsible for leading EE programs and hikes for over 5,500 students per/year grades pre-K-12th.  I also create programming for scout groups, traveling in-class animal programs, and nature-themed birthday parties.

Her goals for EEAA:

Goals may include creating a more visible and fluid network where educators can partner with each other as well as increasing membership.  In my four years in the state of Alabama, I have met many educators from all backgrounds and I would love to see a more diverse audience involved in EEAA.  It seems like a small, tight knit EE community; however, I think there is so much potential for growth.