By Denny Olson, FAS Education Committee Chair
Flathead Audubon is pleased to announce that Lisa Blood Flowers has been contracted to be our Conservation Educator starting January 1, 2016.
Lisa was born in Richmond, Virginia, and moved to Golden, Colorado at the age of five where her father attended the Colorado School of Mines. She and her family moved to the Flathead Valley, where she attended Flathead High School and Flathead Valley Community College. Her education includes earning a bachelor’s degree in botany, masters in science teaching, and certification as a Montana science – biology, earth science, general science – educator.
In 2007, Lisa earned her Ph.D. in Forestry & Conservation at the University of Montana, Missoula, while working as the Director of Conservation Education for the Boone and Crockett Club on their Rocky Mountain Front ranch west of Dupuyer. For over 20 years her work has focused on teaching K-12 science, conservation and wildlife education primarily in the outdoors. She also served as coordinator for several regional and collaborative outreach entities: the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem Education Consortium, the Roundtable of Crown of the Continent, and the Front Range Conservation Education Consortium. She has served as a volunteer on many boards, working groups and councils such as the Old Trail Museum, Choteau Performing Arts League, MFWP Region 4 Citizen Advisory Council, Montana Envirothon, Montana Environmental Education Association, and the Private Lands Public Wildlife Council.
Lisa has received many awards for her work from groups such as Montana Wildlife Federation (1998), Montana Environmental Education Association (1999), USDA Forest Service Northern Region (1999), Montana Project WET—Water Education for Teachers (2004), and Montana Audubon’s Environmental Educator of the Year (2009).
Lisa is now living in the Flathead Valley, guest teaching in the Kalispell and Whitefish School Districts, and working as Flathead Audubon’s Conservation Educator. When she isn’t working in the education and conservation fields, she can be found in the outside enjoying what she loves – hiking, biking, birding, boating, skiing, horseback riding, hunting, gardening with a glint in her eyes and a smile from ear to ear because she is so fortunate to be able to do these activities with family and friends year round in Montana and beyond!
As you can see, Lisa is highly qualified for this new partnership with Flathead Audubon, and brings with her a lifetime of creative efforts in exactly this kind of work. We are extremely excited, and looking forward to years of improving and growing our Conservation Education efforts under her leadership.