Conservation

* Where Art, Education, & Conservation Converge *

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Experience

Related Certifications or Continuing Education Certificates:
- Conservation Project Planning, National Geographic Society (2022)
- Hunter Education, GA DNR (2022)
- Zoonoses for Wildlife Rehabilitators, IWRC (2021)
- Project WET, Certified Educator (2021)
- Developing a National Geographic Explorer Mindset, Nat Geo Society (2021)
- Ocean Sustainability & Conservation Certificate, SDG Academy (2019)
- Project Learning Tree: Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood, Certified Educator (2016)
- NOLS Wilderness Medicine Certified (2017-2019)

Related Work & Volunteer Experience:
- Explore Wildwood, Program Director & Environmental Educator (2015- )
- Bear Creek Nature Center, Animal Care Volunteer & Children's Educator (contract) (2021- )
- Wildlife Resources & Education Network (WREN)/ GA Wildlife Network, Volunteer Wildlife Transporter (2021- )
- North American Freshwater Turtle Research Group, Research Volunteer (2022- )
- Cobb County Amphibian Monitoring, Volunteer Monitor (2022- )
Caretta Research Project, Research Assistant Volunteer (2021, 2019)
- Our Giving Garden, General, Animal Care, Amphibian Monitoring & Pond Health (2019- )
- Science.Art.Wonder, Selected Artist (2018-2019)
- Cobb County Watershed Stewardship Program, Volunteer (2017-2018)

Honors & Awards:
- Green Difference Award for Outstanding Green Education/ Program Director (2017) Explore Wildwood 
- Eco Schools USA Silver Award (2017), Bronze Award (2016) Explore Wildwood 
- 22 Best Atlanta Homeschool Days & Programs, Atlanta Insider (2016) Earth Art Classes/Explore Wildwood

Current Memberships:
Turtle Survival Alliance/ North American Freshwater Turtle Research Group (2021- )

* Art related education and CV is available on the "Artist CV" page.


Upcoming Public Classes & Events 
--> More details and registration can be found HERE for classes



- Wednesday, October 26th: Intro. to Graphite & Scientific Illustration Workshop 
In this ​introductory art and science combo. ​class, we'll be talking about one of the most universal art tools- the pencil. Across all artistic disciplines, a pencil typically gets used in some part of the process. We'll discuss the materials that make up these familiar instruments, and ​introduce students to a variety of different types​. A​fter learning about our tools, students will be introduced to scientific illustration- What is it, who uses it, and why. ​ Following discussion, ​​students will then get to experiment and practice with various types of artist pencils as we also work through the difference between a sketch and a detailed observational drawing. ​The center has lots of specimens and animals to practice drawing, so after class time students are welcome to find a cozy spot and a favorite critter to draw, or check out the remainder of the center and visit with the resident animals. (Location: Bear Creek Nature Center, Chattahoochee Hills)



- Tuesday, November 22nd: Awesome Alligators Presentation 
Join us in this all-ages presentation for a fun introduction to the American Alligator! Students will learn some interesting facts and basic anatomy of these animals, get to feel a fossilized piece of alligator osteoderm, get up close with a real gator skull, and of course meet the center's resident juvenile alligator- Weird Al! (Location: Bear Creek Nature Center, Chattahoochee Hills)




Private Workshops, Classes, & Lectures
Private classes are a great option for those who want one-on-one attention, more time for advanced instruction, have specific health considerations, or who want to schedule something for a family or private group. Large group visits are also perfect for camps, schools, homeschool groups, daycares, clubs, and more. Lectures may include a group story, Q&A, hands-on time with specimens or materials, a craft, handouts, and/or an interactive activity. Small class instruction is available for 1-10 participants, and large group visits available for groups of 10-100 participants. Most topics can be modified for any age group, including children and adults. See available topics below and email me to discuss your specific needs and to book a visit. 


Science Class Topics: 
- Animal Bones, Teeth, & Shells 
- Fossils & Seashells
- Animal Conservation vs. Rehabilitation
- Helping Georgia's Wildlife
- Wildlife Tagging & Tracking
- Tracking & IDing GA's Ocean Animals
- Intro. to Amphibian Monitoring and Indicator Species
- Intro. to Keystone Species
- Marine Epibiota & Clay Barnacles
- Animal Tracks & Scat
- Fluorescence and Bioluminescence 
- Intro. to Turtles, Tortoises, and Terrapins
- Sea Turtle Nesting & Conservation
- Sea Turtle Rehabilitation
- Freshwater Turtle Survey Science 
- Turtle Nest Detective 
+ More info. and other art/science combo. class topics can be found here

Email me for more info. or to book: blondeshotcreative(at)gmail.com