Brett Amy Thelen Receives Conservation Educator of the Year Award

a photo of Brett holding a spotted salamander on a Big Night

Brett Amy Thelen, out with the Salamander Brigades on a Big Night (photo: Anna Miller)

We’re delighted to report that our own Brett Amy Thelen has received the Cheshire County Conservation District (CCCD)’s Conservation Educator of the Year Award for 2017.

Brett has been weaving together conservation biology and environmental education in community-based citizen science programs − including the celebrated Salamander Crossing Brigades − for over a decade. Longtime Salamander Brigade volunteer Sarah Wilson says, “Brett is such a wonderful, positive influence on the citizen science world of the Monadnock Region. Her knowledge of the natural world is impressive and her passion for the topic is infectious. I feel lucky to know Brett and am appreciative of the positive influence she has had on my daughter − and on me!”

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