Wetlands names new educational program director

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Brooke Knapick has been named the new director of educational program development at The Wetlands Institute. 

“Brooke joins the Wetlands Institute staff in mid-January and brings a wealth of experience in both environmental and science education,” reads a statement from the organization.

Knapick was set to start in mid-January, part of the Wetlands Institute’s re-launching of its education program. According to Institute staff, there will be a strong emphasis on experiential and inquiry-based programming for children and adults.   Educational programs will be adding strong science-based programs, experimentation and data collection, and will introduce technology to environmental education programs, according to the Institute.

“Brooke is a wonderful addition to the Wetlands Institute team and has a very strong background in science and environmental science program development, implementation and delivery.  Her programs are strongly focused on exploration and discovery and are really exciting” said institute executive director Lenore Tedesco.

Under Tedesco’s leadership, the Wetlands Institute has launched a series of initiatives designed to diversify the Wetland Institute’s conservation and research offereings and make the education programs nationally competitive.

Knapick was most recently the education specialist at a Big Ten University Research and Outreach Center, where she designed and implemented an award-winning environmental science education outreach program for middle and high school students.  The program used a mobile technology trailer containing interactive learning kiosks, research grade technology and wireless data collection and recording devices. Prior to her work at Indiana-Purdue University, Knapick was an environmental educator at Northern Illinois University and a naturalist intern at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

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