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 is the largest nature-based conservation organization in New England. Founded in 1896 by two women who fought for the protection of birds, Mass Audubon carries on their legacy by focusing on the greatest challenges facing the environment today: the loss of biodiversity, inequitable access to nature, and climate change. With the help of our 160,000 members and supporters, we protect wildlife, conserve and restore resilient land, advocate for impactful environmental policies, offer nationally recognized education programs for adults and children, and provide endless opportunities to experience the outdoors at our wildlife sanctuaries. Explore, find inspiration, and take action at www.massaudubon.org.