February 7, 7-8pm: What is the Texas Wildlife Association and how can you get involved by Sarah Grella
The Arlington Conservation Council is pleased to present the following presentation. The Texas Wildlife Association (TWA) is a nonprofit striving to connect Texans of all ages with the outdoors through meaningful and informative interactions. Attendees will gain an understanding of the many program avenues through which we achieve this goal. Local volunteer opportunities with the TWA L.A.N.D.S. Intensive and Trinity River Program will be discussed. More details at http://www.acctexas.org/meetings/
Presenter: Sarah Grella earned her bachelor’s degree in geography from the University of North Texas (UNT) in December of 2010. Her studies were focused in biogeography, which were highlighted with the co-presented research on white-tailed deer at the Southwest Division of the Association of American Geographers conference in Austin. Sarah continued her education, earning a master’s degree in biology, also from UNT, in December of 2014. Her graduate career was centered on northern bobwhite quail conservation and youth education. As the first of member of UNT Quail, she helped map north Texas bobwhite populations and contributed to UNT Quail’s youth and community outreach programs.
During this time, Sarah developed her professional goal to serve her community as an intermediary between research and public education. After graduation, as a Texas certified educator, Sarah taught high school biology in the Greater Fort Worth area. Although her desires for education were met through this avenue, her true passion for encouraging youth to learn outside was better aligned in her volunteer work with the Learning Across New Dimensions in Science (L.A.N.D.S.) and Trinity River programs within the Texas Wildlife Association. It was through these volunteer efforts that in June of 2015 Sarah was presented her current opportunity within TWA.
Sarah is an education program specialist for Conservation Legacy’s L.A.N.D.S. Intensive team in North Texas, and currently reside in Fort Worth. She has the privilege of organizing and implementing around 30 field investigation days every school year. On the Trinity River and within the North Texas prairies, thousands of students explore their local ecosystems through these investigative events annually. The Texas Wildlife Association has allowed Sarah the opportunity to apply her passion for the outdoors professionally every day for the past two and a half years and even better, share and nurture that passion in the next generation of Texans.
Every day Sarah is guided by the belief that a person cannot truly love something they have never experienced firsthand. She is blessed with the mission of providing young Texans the opportunity to learn about and experience their prairies and rivers so that one day they can love and protect them fiercely.