Promoting Professional Development and Best Practice in EE
Renee Strnad is the Environmental Educator for Extension Forestry, housed in the
College of Natural Resources at NC State University. She is the state coordinator for Project Learning Tree, has responsibilities for 4-H natural resource
programming statewide, and is a North Carolina Certified Environmental Educator.
She has served on the board of Environmental Educators of North Carolina (EENC), the state’s NAAEE affiliate, and continues to serve on various committees for the organization, as well as the NAAEE Affiliate Network Steering Committee. She also works closely with the North Carolina Office of Environmental Education by serving on the Certification Committee and Environmental Literacy Plan Committee. Being at NC State University has allowed her to work with faculty with a growing interest in EE research, and she is helping pilot courses that will hopefully be key for the creation of a university-wide EE minor for students in any discipline.
Renee was awarded the Governor’s Award for Environmental Education from the NC Wildlife Federation in 2010, Project Learning Tree’s Gold Star Award in 2013, and the EENC’s Melva Fager Okun Lifetime Achievement award in 2014. She completed her Masters degree in Ecological Teaching and Learning from Lesley University in 2015. In her free time, she enjoys traveling (just one more state to go!), gardening, exploring, relaxing in her hammock, and spending time with family and friends.