Nancy McCormick, Soil & Water Manager of the Person Soil and Water Conservation District, was awarded the North Carolina Environmental Education Certification on Sept. 10, by the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality and the Office Of Environmental Education and Public Affairs.
With this certification, she joins a group of more than 800 certified environmental educators in the state, and becomes the first in Person County.
The certification program is nationally and internationally recognized, establishing standards for professional excellence in environmental education for formal and non-formal educators. The goals of the Environmental Education Certification Program are to increase environmental literacy, provide practice in environmental education teaching methods, and foster community leadership. The program enhances the ability of educators and organizations to provide quality programs and resources, benefiting local communities, while investing in the future of North Carolina’s environment.
To qualify for the certification, McCormick was required to obtain 200 hours of criteria from four areas: Instruction, outdoors, knowledge, and teaching. She was also required to complete a community project.
McCormick was encouraged to obtain the certification by the District Board of Supervisors, in order to advance their environmental education programs, such as poster contests, essay contests, and the Envirothon. In addition, McCormick hopes to increase programming by offering environmental education to other community organizations.
To learn more about local environmental programs offered, contact McCormick by email at email@example.com, or call 336-599-0284, ext. 3.