Woodcock Nature Center‘s educator Jennifer Bradshaw received the 2019 Environmental Stewardship Award presented at the Connecticut Outdoor and Environmental Education Association annual conference on March 27 in Farmington, CT. The annual award acknowledges those who have made a strong impact in promoting environmental literacy and education and have inspired others to become stewards of the natural world.

“Over the course of Jennifer’s six years as an educator at Woodcock Nature Center, her dedication to the organization and to our community has not only grown exponentially, but has been critically important to Woodcock’s ability to serve its mission. We are tremendously proud of Jen’s work,” noted executive director Lenore Herbst.

At Woodcock Nature Center Bradshaw serves as the early childhood education coordinator and manages animal care and the birds of prey programs. In 2017, she envisioned and established the Nature Center’s first pre-school program, “Mommy & Me and the Natural World.” This program for caregivers and their toddlers began modestly and has grown to include nearly 40 families, three times per week across three sessions per year, and has a wait list for attendance.

Bradshaw is a member of Wilton Youth Council‘s Free Play Task Force and she serves as president of the CT chapter of the Eastern Region Association of Forest and Nature Schools. In 2018, through the Life Is Good Children’s Foundation, she became a certified “Playmaker,” a specialist who is trained to innovate and adapt their day-to-day work to more effectively care for children by creating the most joyful, loving, safe and empowering, and engaging environments possible.

pictured above:   Sarah Wilby, COEEA Awards Chair (left) with Jennifer Bradshaw, Childhood Education Coordinator at Woodcock Nature Center