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Zanolli named Education Conservationist of the Year

Lynda Zanolli

Lynda Zanolli

The Verde Natural Resource Conservation District is pleased to announce that Lynda Zanolli, director of its Environmental Education Center, has been awarded the 2011 Education Conservationist of the Year award by the Arizona Wildlife Federation (AWF).

Zanolli was honored for her enthusiastic, creative, hands-on teaching skills in conservation advocacy and education, and her resolute focus on engaging as many children as possible in the wonders of the natural world.

On Monday, July 11, AWF President Tom Mackin presented Zanolli with the AWF's 2011 Education Conservationist of the Year award at the Verde NRCD's monthly board meeting. Zanolli was nominated by Ryna Rock, NRCD supervisor and past president of the AWF.

Zanolli is a retired science teacher who, as director of the Environmental Education Center, brings science-based teachings about water and soil conservation, invasive vs. native plants, groundwater hydrology, sustainable agricultural principles, and ethical outdoor recreational behavior to classrooms throughout the Verde Valley and Sedona.

She also finds time to read to K-1 students about plants and seed through a partnership with Arizona Farm Bureau. In addition, she provides conservation education information and activities at public events such as the annual Verde River Days and the Verde Valley Birding and Nature Festival. She has become trained in several national conservation teaching programs, including Project WET, Leave No Trace, and Training the Trainer (Leave No Trace).

For more information about the Verde NRCD, visit, write to, or call (928) 554-0463. For more information about the Environmental Education Center, write to

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