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November 12, 2013

MADISON - A Green Bay naturalist and a Waukesha County conservation specialist were recently recognized as "facilitators of year" for two statewide environmental education programs.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources awarded Kim Diedrich with the Project WILD Facilitator of the Year award, and Jayne Jenks with the Project WET Facilitator of the Year award on Nov. 9 at ceremony entitled "A Celebration of Excellence in Environmental Education" at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center in Monona.

"These awards are given to facilitators who have provided outstanding contributions to each of these programs," said Janet Hutchens, DNR environmental education specialist who coordinates the two programs. "Award recipients have strengthened literacy focused on wildlife and water conservation and have provided citizens with a greater understanding of Wisconsin's rich natural resources and their management, along with effectively demonstrating the use of the program's materials. These individuals have demonstrated a sustained active dedication to the program's goals and serve as a valued partner of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources."

Kim Diedrich
Kim Diedrich

Kim Diedrich has dedicated 25 years of her career to sharing Project WILD with educators and future youth leaders. She is the chief naturalist at Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary in Green Bay and provides several workshops each year to teachers, other non-formal educators and many UW Green Bay pre-service teachers. Diedrich enjoys working with college students and creating activities that are relevant to kids of all ages in Wisconsin. She is looking forward to continuing to deliver multiple workshops annually to reach more citizens.

Jayne Jenks
Jayne Jenks

Jayne Jenks, conservation specialist with the Waukesha County Department of Parks and Land Use, coordinates the storm water education programs for 26 communities. She has been an active and dedicated Project WET facilitator for 16 years. She uses project WET frequently in programs with youth, school groups, scouts and childcare programs. She also provides an Environmental STEM teacher training using Project WET. Jayne works with Concordia and Carroll Universities and wants to build new partnerships to share Project WET with others.

Project WILD is a supplementary wildlife conservation education program emphasizing awareness, appreciation and understanding of wildlife and natural resources and encourages learning in the outdoors with field investigations that meet national and state learning standards.

Project WET is Water Education for Teachers and provides Wisconsin water resources education to youth leaders with a goal to promote awareness and empower students to take action in their communities to help solve local water resource issues.

Project WILD and Project WET training is available across the state through a large network of facilitators who provide training locally. To learn more about how to become trained, find your local trainer, or subscribe to our workshop notification service, visit the DNR website at and search for the programs by name.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Janet Hutchens, State Coordinator, Project WILD and Project WET, 608-261-8453,

Last Revised: Tuesday, November 12, 2013

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