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February 24, 2009
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Senate honors WDFW environmental educator
OLYMPIA – The Washington state Senate has adopted a resolution honoring environmental educator Dr. Margaret Tudor for her leadership in developing statewide science standards and promoting outdoor education.
As the education policy lead for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and co-director of the Pacific Education Institute, Tudor has been instrumental in changing the direction of scientific education in Washington’s public school system, said Sen. Ken Jacobsen (D-Seattle), the resolution’s sponsor.
“Dr. Tudor is a state and national leader who has helped re-emphasize the importance of outdoor scientific study for K-12 students,” Jacobsen said. “Her work is influencing many school districts throughout the country and we’re proud to honor her with this resolution.”
Senate Resolution 8637 recognizes Tudor’s efforts to shift science education from mainly a classroom activity to one that offers more time on outdoor field work. Students not only benefit from participating directly in observational activities, they are getting outside and experiencing the environment first-hand, said Mike O’Malley, WDFW’s watchable wildlife coordinator. Tudor is now helping to lead a national effort to implement field-inquiry standards in others states, O’Malley said.
Based in Olympia, Tudor is a co-founder of the Pacific Education Institute, a public/private consortium that encourages real-world, outdoor learning experiences and has led the development of “citizen scientist” programs, in which students and adults collect natural resource data for professionals. She also helped develop the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agency’s North American Conservation Education Strategy, which focuses on educating children and adults about the conservation and of fish, wildlife and other natural resources.