Renee Raney

Renee Raney

Renee Raney

Renee Simmons (Morrison) Raney

Renee is the Director of Conservation for the Georgia Alabama Land Trust

She has been a member of EEAA since 1994 and has been a board member since 2005(ish).

Her post-secondary education:

BS from Jacksonville State University

Her additional certifications:

Certified in Measuring EE Outcomes, Cornell University

Her experiences in environmental education:

For the past twelve years, Renee served as the Assistant Director of Jacksonville State University Field Schools where she developed and implemented thousands of natural history programs to hundreds of thousands of participants. She is the recipient of several awards for her work in environmental education (EE) and conservation such as the Roosevelt Ashe Southeastern U.S. Outstanding Educator in Conservation, US Forest Service Interpretation and Outdoor Program Awards,JSU Dean’s Service Award, and an Excellence in Environmental Education award from Oxford University. Renee is certified through Cornell University in Measuring EE Outcomes/Assessment. She serves as a director on several boards including the Environmental Education Association of Alabama (EEAA President 2012-13), and Friends of the Talladega National Forest. Prior to her work at JSU, Renee was the Director of Education for the Anniston Museum of Natural History for ten years. She is one of Alabama’s international storytellers and has performed stories from her first book, Calico Ghosts, to audiences in twelve states and three countries. Renee’s second book, which focuses on nature observation and appreciation through fairy tales, will be available through NewSouth Books in Summer 2016. Renee graduated from JSU with a BS in Wildlife Biology and a double minor in Anthropology and English. She grew up on a Choccolocco dairy farm and still lives on that farm with her husband, Christopher Raney (US Forest Service), her teenage son, Jo, four dogs, six chickens and two snakes

Her goals for EEAA:

To improve EE connections across the southeastern US but especially in Alabama

To continue to add partners to our “web of goodness” to increase educational opportunities for students of all ages (PreK-Gray!)