Operation Fully Staff the Education Team: Complete…


The Education team at the Nature Center once again has a full roster of natural scientists.
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Savannah Stack identifying macroinvertebrates with students visiting the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge. Photo by FWNC&R Staff.

For a number of years, the education team at the Nature Center has operated with a full staff, although we have been understaffed for some short stints. When we are fully staffed, our team is comprised of a Natural Scientist Supervisor, two Natural Scientists, and three part-time Natural Scientist Assistants. One way that COVID-19 negatively affected us was our inability to hire and train new personnel; however, once the pandemic ceased to dictate programming decisions, we began to actively recruit staff. Finally, toward the end of 2023, we were able to form a complete team once again. Allow me to introduce you to our newest Natural Scientist Assistants.

Savannah Stack is a nature enthusiast, ready to share her love of the outdoors so that Nature Center visitors can enjoy their own experiences outdoors. Savannah is working toward her Associate of Science degree from Tarrant County College, with a focus in Biology. While a student, she has gained some valuable experience at several organizations. Most recently, Savannah was employed at the Texas Discovery Gardens as an Entomologist Assistant and docent. She spent time receiving and processing butterfly pupa and other live insect specimens for programs. She also oversaw the specialized diets for these insects and the more than 50 other native and exotic species calling the gardens home. In addition to animal care, she provided educational programming for the public. Savannah also worked at a veterinary clinic as an assistant and technician, so she is no stranger to caring for animals. We have already witnessed her hard work with animal care, interacting with the public, and helping other staff members with their projects and daily tasks as needed.

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Kenzie Solomon discussing adaptations using one of our animal ambassadors. Photo by FWNC&R Staff.

Kenzie Solomon has an inquisitive mind and is someone who enjoys educating others about wildlife. Kenzie is a graduate of Texas A&M University – Commerce, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife and Conservation Science. While in school, she was involved with the Texas Chapter of the Wildlife Society, serving as president and receiving awards in the Art Contest (1st place), Outstanding Wildlife, and Best of Show Photography and Art. Upon graduation, she worked with the Fort Worth Public Library, where she was able to develop library displays, plan and deliver programs, and oversee the Create Lab, focusing on STEAM (STEM plus art) activities. In addition to working with the public in a library setting, she also has experience in the informal science field. Kenzie spent time at Sea Life Aquarium, where she presented talks about animals and their threats in the wild. In addition, she worked for the Dallas Zoo, where she served as a counselor for camps as well as a guide for school groups. Lastly, she worked for the Perot Museum of Nature and Science and was instrumental in facilitating STEAM activities for community outreach, using the TECH truck. She is receiving high praise in all her tasks and has a great rapport with guests.

We have been very pleased with our latest additions to the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge. Their skill sets are coming to life and are visible to those they are leading. These new members of our team are taking advantage of their time here by learning new skills that will make them more marketable for full-time positions. Like many of our former Natural Scientist Assistants, they are destined for greater roles. It will not take them long to add their names to the list of former part-time employees who are making a difference outside the Nature Center.

By Michael Perez, Education Program Manager, Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge

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