Aimee Christy

Pacific Shellfish Institute

Aimee Christy is a research biologist at Pacific Shellfish Institute.  She holds a B.S. from the University of Washington and an M.S. from The Evergreen State College.  Her current research projects include nutrient bioextraction using blue mussels, harmful algal blooms, marine debris and microplastics, citizen monitoring, and water quality outreach for K-12 students and the community. Special interests include designing school programs that target Next Generation science standards and exploring alternative disposal practices for dog waste in urbanized environments.

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Stephanie Bishop

Thurston Conservation District

Stephanie Bishop has been the South Sound GREEN Coordinator since 2012. This watershed education program is geared toward students, grades 4 – college, reaches over 1200 students and 35 teachers annually in the North Thurston, Olympia, Tumwater, Rainier and Griffin School Districts, St. Martin’s College, The Evergreen State College, private schools and home-schooled students.

She previously worked as an Education & Outreach Coordinator for the Mason Consrvation District, where she had the pleasure of coordinating the Student Watershed Investigation and Monitoring (SWIM) program, based on the South Sound GREEN model.

Stephanie earned a BA in natural resources from The Evergreen State College.  She is active within the community, serving as a volunteer with several planting restoration and education groups

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Sheila Wilson

Nisqually River Education Project

Sheila Wilson, program director for Nisqually River Education Project, has experience in SCUBA diving, scientific research, community organizing, classroom teaching (preschool through college), and environmental education. As Program Director she has successfully written and implemented grants for water quality monitoring, riparian habitat restoration, salmon carcass tossing/nutrient enhancement and the Eye on Nature program, a field investigation that teaches students how to record wildlife observations as part of a larger citizen science project using eBird at the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge. She is a mother of 3 amazing children and loves running, hiking, biking, horses and camping.

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Carrie Ziegler

Earth Art

Carrie Ziegler – Artist, Environmental Educator, and Community Engagement Specialist.

Art is an incredible tool for change. It penetrates deeply inside of the viewer, encouraging them to ask questions they may otherwise avoid. My artwork strives to bring issues of Environmental and Social Justice and personal development to the front of the viewer’s experience. Whether I am working on a large-scale participatory art installation, a public mural, or am in my studio creating with various materials, my work revolves around these subjects. To affect positive change through art is my quest.

In my work, the subject matter drives the medium. When working on a project about plastics in the ocean, up-cycled plastic is the obvious choice. When working to beautify a bike trail in an industrial zone, paint transforms a graffiti-filled wall into something magical. What links my work is the inclusion of many people in the creation and the goal of engaging viewers and inspiring them to make a positive change in their own lives.

My recent projects have included hundreds of people in their creation, allowing for a project that is much larger and wider of scope than any I could do alone. These projects give ownership to all involved, and inspire the viewer through the story of their creation. There are countless layers woven into the pieces, compelling the viewer to delve deeper, if they so choose.

For example, when people view the suspended installation, Rise Above Plastics: The Butterfly Effect, they are first mesmerized by hundreds of butterflies gently spinning and reflecting the light. When they notice that together, the butterflies form a human figure, emerging from a chrysalis, with butterflies of change flying from her heart, they are overcome with awe. When they hear the story of how the piece was made of up-cycled plastic trash, by 700 children and young adults, as a message of hope and inspiration, of personal choice and empowerment, they are mobilized to ask questions and look at their own actions and how they are personally affecting the world.

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