Clare Long is an amazing individual with incredible passion for education. She is the 2011 NH Environmental Educator of the Year for the Non-Formal Category. Throughout her career she has worked for many organizations including the USDA Forest Service, Appalachian Mountain Club, NH Project Learning Tree, Weeks State Park, SPNHF’s Rocks Estate, and the National Association for Interpretation. Clare has shared her love for the environment with all ages while wearing many different hats. Her enthusiasm is evident whether it be while writing an environmental education curriculum for the Physical Education program at Pinetree School in Center Conway or working with professionals in the forest service.
Her current position is as the White Mountain National Forests Conservation Educator. Here, she continues her diverse work by developing programs for children and adults, by working with many different program areas including recreation, timber, and wildlife, and by creating public awareness for the Forest Service and helping to connect all of their environmental partners. This requires Clare to think outside the box and use her amazing creativity. Her work touches the lives of thousands of people.
Jen Werda from the Pemi Baker Leadership Academy met Clare while enrolled in the Forest For Every Classroom workshop about 5 years ago. She remembers this crazy red head leading a bunch of teachers into the woods at night to do activities in the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest. Her enthusiasm was contagious. Jen was so nervous and excited, especially when Clare started calling to the owls and they called back! Jen wanted to know how she could get her students that excited about our natural environment. Clare has an amazing way of getting people excited about what she is working on and guiding you as you step outside of your comfort zone to explore new forest concepts.