We work together to create a positive and beneficial experience for all of our students. Our educators are specialized in natural sciences like biology, chemistry, and animals.
Amy Zvonar is a Georgia native and a graduate of Agnes Scott College with a Bachelor’s degree in biology. Her passion for environmental education began with a college internship at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Since then, she has taught on whale watching boats in the Gulf of Maine, the beaches of St. Simons Island, GA, the coast of Long Island Sound, and the streets, city parks, and classrooms of New Haven, CT. Amy earned her Master’s of Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, where she focused on how to improve environmental education experiences for young children in urban environments. After seven years in the Northeast, she is excited to return to Georgia and continue her work in environmental education.
Amy, her husband, and their quirky dog, Solon, currently reside in Athens, where her husband is pursuing a PhD in Education from the University of Georgia. They enjoy bird-watching and hiking and are excited to enjoy all the nature Georgia has to offer!
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An Atlanta native, Lauren has grown up playing and exploring the rivers and woods of Georgia. As a teen, she worked at High Meadows Camp in Roswell where she fell in love with gardening, exploring, and learning with children in the outdoors.
She took that passion and graduated from Appalachian State University with a degree in Outdoor Experiential Education in 2011. During which, she was a back country instructor for high school students and was an active member of several leadership teams for camps and outdoor education programs in Georgia, North Carolina, and New Zealand.
Lauren also learned how to incorporate environmental education into daily classroom learning and after school programming during her 6 years of teaching k-4th grades in Asheville, NC and in Atlanta. She returned to her first love of teaching in the outdoors when she joined the team at Blue Heron in September of 2016. When she's not teaching, Lauren loves reading, watching movies and going backpacking with her husband, Ben.
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Linda began her Environmental Education career when her daughters were in elementary school. They grew up loving the outdoors through hiking, camping and horseback riding. Linda grew up needing to be outdoors, in any weather.
Her earliest memories as a child are of being outdoors discovering plants and animals, and climbing trees. Linda enjoyed the freedom of riding her horse in the woods, and in the woodlands near the Chattahoochee River. Being a native Atlantan, she has seen the changes that come with city growth, and the shrinking natural areas around the city.
A graduate of Berry College with a BS in Animal Sciences, with emphasis on Biology and Chemistry, Linda had plenty of opportunities to be outside. She had the opportunity to study at the Gulf Coast Research Lab, in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. She continues her training with the DNR, particularly with the Outdoor Wildlife Leadership School, in which they study Georgia ecosystems in the field, and is certified in many programs through the DNR and Forestry Commission. Linda began writing grants and teaching outdoors in the early 90’s, when she realized that fewer and fewer children were having ample quality time outdoors in Nature, and has taught through several Environmental centers around the city, including a wonderful summer along the Atlanta Beltline Arboretum, with Trees Atlanta.
Linda's love and respect for the outdoors, and learning how to protect and respect wild areas, reaches into her teaching. Whether adults or children, she see the benefits of time in Nature, and strives to share with Girl and Boy Scouts, Campers, Students and other explorers. In particular, teaching in and around the city has shown her that city people sure do love being outside! Please come join her at the Preserve!
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Christy Baker Knight
A naturalist illustrator and instructor for over twenty years, Christy works as an Art and Environmental Educator for Blue Heron. She earned a B.A. with Distinction in Art from the Colorado College and worked as an Exhibit Designer for Fernbank Museum of Natural History, launching the Museum from the Science Center with a team of accomplished artists, scientists and educators.
Then, Christy began creating illustrations and product design at fieldandstudio.com for clients such as Chronicle Books, The Nature Conservancy and the Humboldt Field Research Institute. She was also awarded commissions to produce murals for several public libraries and private residences in Georgia while exhibiting and selling her botanical paintings nationally.
Christy instructs a wide audience of all ages and abilities in drawing and painting techniques of natural history subjects and for over a decade has run the popular Paint Box Mystery Classes and Camps, helping our kids be kids by slowing down, connecting with nature and tapping into creativity. She enjoys writing environmental fiction as @talkingflowers on Wattpad, going on outdoor adventures with her family, and running on the river trails with a rescue dog who rescued her back.
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