The National Wildlife Federation Honors Sandy Greene with a Special Achievement Award

Sandy GreeneSandy was among “six National Wildlife Federation volunteers … recognized for their outstanding contributions to the organization’s conservation efforts at NWF’s annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Saturday, March 16th, 2013,” described here.

For decades, Sandy Greene has taught adults and children the importance of environmental stewardship with imagination and joy.

For the twelve years she has served as Education Specialist at the Headwaters Soil and Water Conservation District in Verona, VA , Sandy has partnered with local, state and federal agencies, and the school systems themselves, to provide over 200 field trips for 22,000 students, in addition to over 300 classroom presentations, 50 teacher workshops and tours and 78 civic programs.

For many years she worked at The Wildlife Center of Virginia, coordinating field trips.

Recognizing the watershed connections between their farm and the Shenandoah River, Sandy and her husband walk the talk, with riparian buffers, wildlife plantings and solar power. Sandy has served on a variety of Boards, including the Shenandoah Valley Pure Water Forum and the Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts Education Committee, taught summer courses and teacher workshops, and often coordinated outdoors experiences for students, teachers and the general public.  Sandy was appointed by two governors to The Foundation for Virginia’s Natural Resources, and is a certified Virginia Master Naturalist.

She was named National Outstanding Environmental Educator of the year in 2006 by Project Learning Tree, and received the National Education Award in 2007 from the Daughters of the American Revolution.  Now retired, Sandy is busier than ever, volunteering with partners and agencies on behalf of the natural and wild areas around us.

Partially reprinted from the National Wildlife Federation March 16, 2013, Awards Winners Bulletin

Sandy Greene is currently the Membership and Projects Chairperson for the Headwaters Chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalists