Research Associate, Environmental Education
Elyce Rodewald has served as the Educational Programs Coordinator at SFA Gardens since 2001. Elyce received her BS in Zoology in 1980 from Purdue University. Over the years, she has worked as a zookeeper and educator at Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, Minnesota State Zoo, and the Houston Zoo. In 1985, Elyce, along with her husband and two children, moved to East Texas and became enthusiastic unschoolers, goat herders, and gardeners. By 2001, Elyce migrated completely to the plant world to become the Educational Programs Coordinator, a position that serves the mission of the SFA Mast Arboretum and Pineywoods Native Plant Center. Elyce offices in the Tucker House at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center and runs a very busy program of formal and informal programming for K-12, as well as adults. Program attendance has increased each year and in 2007, over ten thousand children participated in a wide array of educational activities.
Elyce has been certified to teach several environmental education curricula including Project Learning Tree, Flying WILD, Leopold Project, Project WILD and Project Aquatic WILD. She attended the Teachers’ Conservation Institute in 2007. Elyce is a board member of Texas Environmental Education Partnership, a founding member of the Laughing Women’s Institute, and a member of National Association for Interpretation and North American Association for Environmental Education. Elyce is often a guest lecturer or instructor for Intro to Forest Recreation labs. Elyce says, “My favorite part of this job is introducing people of all ages to the natural world.”
SFA Mast Arboretum & Pineywoods Native Plant Center
PO Box 13000-SFA
Nacogdoches, TX 75962-3000