Sheila McCartan, Visitor Services Manager and Park Ranger for the Pacific Region’s Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge was honored with the 2012 Sense of Wonder Award. The Rachel Carson ‘Sense of Wonder’ Recognition Program recognizes outstanding contributions in the field of interpretation and environmental education within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Ms. McCartan was recognized as a Service employee who has designed, implemented and/or shown visionary leadership in interpretive or environmental education programs. These programs foster a deeper connection to our natural world and enhances public stewardship of our wildlife heritage.
Sheila’s dedication, enthusiasm and successful accomplishments in Environmental Education earned her this prestigious recognition. Of the many programs and events she produced, she consistently excelled in reaching over 10,000 students and teachers in the Pacific Region; facilitating Growing Up Wild teacher workshops; building and sustaining education partnerships; and building and implementing an Environmental Education Center and Outdoor Nature Explore Area at Nisqually.