New Award Honoring Memory of Science Education Colleague Liz Duff Goes to Wellesley Educator
Michael P. O'Connor
LINCOLN, MA.--Mass Audubon has presented the inaugural Liz Duff Excellence in Environmental Education Award to Lisa Moore, the Environmental Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Town of Wellesley’s Natural Resources Commission.
Moore was presented the award, which comes with a $1,000 gift to support her office’s programs, at the annual conference of the Massachusetts Environmental Education Society, held virtually this year March 10-13.
In her education and outreach role, Moore has engaged young people in a diversity of programs ranging from discovering the natural wonders in vernal pools and combating invasive species, to launching a winter art show featuring children’s artwork and developing “story time” about insects for her youngest environmentalists-in-training.
The Liz Duff Award recognizes an environmental educator who is not a classroom teacher but instead produces field-based environmental education programming that combines scientific investigation and civic engagement with the goal of having a positive impact on their community.
As Moore is doing now, Duff accomplished much in her more than 20 years with Mass Audubon, contributing greatly to environmental education and engagement efforts on the North Shore and working with local school systems and partners throughout New England, before her passing last spring.
“We all wish Liz was still in the field, in her waders with a group of enthusiastic and engaged students,” Mass Audubon Director of Education Kris Scopinich said. “Our hope is that this award will allow her life’s work to continue to inspire others such as Lisa, who also works to connect people and nature in meaningful ways that protect our planet.”
Mass Audubon protects more than 38,000 acres of land throughout Massachusetts, saving birds and other wildlife, and making nature accessible to all. As Massachusetts' largest nature conservation nonprofit, we welcome more than a half million visitors a year to our wildlife sanctuaries and 20 nature centers. From inspiring hilltop views to breathtaking coastal landscapes, serene woods, and working farms, we believe in protecting our state's natural treasures for wildlife and for all people's vision shared in 1896 by our founders, two extraordinary Boston women.
Today, Mass Audubon is a nationally recognized environmental education leader, offering thousands of camp, school, and adult programs that get over 225,000 kids and adults outdoors every year. With more than 135,000 members and supporters, we advocate on Beacon Hill and beyond, and conduct conservation research to preserve the natural heritage of our beautiful state for today's and future generations. We welcome you to explore a nearby sanctuary, find inspiration, and get involved. Learn how at www.massaudubon.org.