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Robert Brown, NCWF’s Immediate Past Chair of the Board (left), and Secretary Michael Regan of NCDEQ (right) present Jenna Hartley with the Environmental Educator of the Year award. Courtesy of the NC Wildlife Federation.

Congratulations to PRTM doctoral student, Jenna Hartley, on receiving the Governor’s Conservation Achievement Award for Environmental Educator of the Year. Presented by the North Carolina Wildlife Federation at the 55th Annual Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards, the honor goes to educators that exhibit an unwavering commitment to conservation in North Carolina.

Her interest in geology and natural resources sparked by a college field trip to the Colorado River, Hartley became an educator so that she could share similar experiences with her own students. After seven years as a classroom science teacher in North Carolina and New York, Jenna was named an Association of Schools and Programs for Public Health Environmental Health Fellow. Hosted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), she conducted educational outreach around a tool called EnviroAtlas and developed K-12 resources that empower students as decision-makers. Jenna currently works with Dr. Kathryn Stevenson researching the power of students as environmental change-agents in their families and communities.

For more details, please visit North Carolina Sea Grant’s blog on coastal issues, Coastwatch Currents.