St. Lucie County’s Lands Coordinator Earns Outstanding Interpreter Award
The Sunny Southeast Chapter of the National Association for Interpretation has honored St. Lucie County’s Senior Lands Coordinator Amanda Thompson with the 2018 Outstanding Interpreter Award.
Thompson, a 9-year St. Lucie County employee, will be presented the award at the NAI Annual Regional Workshop on the Outer Banks of the North Carolina Feb. 27 through March 2. Thompson was selected from a group of candidates throughout the southeast region, including Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Florida, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
“Amanda’s understanding of the value of our natural resources is only surpassed by her passion and unique approach to engaging people with humor and a feeling of connectedness,” said Amy Griffin, director of St. Lucie County’s Environmental Resources Department. “Her work has had a positive impact in support of creating healthy ecosystems and a sense of community cohesiveness that will be enduring.”
Thompson has more than 12-years’ experience in environmental education. Through her work with St. Lucie County’s Environmental Resources Department and the Oxbow Eco-Center, she oversees the county’s winter guided hike series, where hundreds of residents and tourists have learned the important role that these environmental lands play in improving our quality of life on the Treasure Coast. Additionally, Thompson is heavily involved in the Florida Master Naturalist (FMN), which is an in-depth naturalist training and certification course developed and administered by the University of Florida. Not only has she helped reach hundreds of community members through this program instruction, she also improved upon the curriculum by incorporating interpretive techniques.
The National Association for Interpretation (NAI) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) professional association for those involved in the interpretation of natural and cultural heritage resources in settings such as parks, zoos, museums, nature centers, aquaria, botanical gardens, and historical sites. For more than 50 years, NAI and its parent organizations have encouraged networking, training, and collaboration among members and partners in support of their mission: inspiring leadership and excellence to advance heritage interpretation as a profession. For information about the NAI Sunny Southeast Region visit: https://nairegion3.wordpress.com/