Shana Ramsey of Kalamazoo, MI, recently was honored as the Steve Campbell Outstanding Aquatic Educator by the Aquatic Resource Education Association at its biennial conference in Traverse City, Michigan.
Ramsey, who acts as lead interpreter at the Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery near Mattawan, was cited for her tremendous efforts in both angling and stewardship education. At Wolf Lake, Shana and her staff conduct angling programs for thousands of children each summer and annually reach more than 5,000 schoolchildren with aquatic stewardship programs and hatchery tours.
In addition, Shana is the field coordinator for the Department of Natural Resources’ popular Salmon in the Classroom program. Participating Salmon in the Classroom schools raise Chinook salmon in the classroom from eggs they receive in October to their eventual release into rivers the following spring. This year about 250 Michigan schools will participate in this program involving more than 15,000 students statewide.
“Shana does outstanding work and the citizens of Michigan should be proud of her,” said Kevin Frailey, DNR education services section manager. “AREA represents aquatic education in all 50 states. This award is only given out once every two years, so it is a true honor for one of our own educators to be recognized with this award.”
The Aquatic Resource Education Association, a national nonprofit collaborative organization, is a membership of educators and fisheries professionals from state and federal natural resource agencies, industry and nonprofit organizations with an interest in aquatic education from both an active angling and stewardship perspective.
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