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.