Human Resources

GENERAL

McConnell Springs
Laurie Thomas
Naturalist
Phone: 859-225-4073
416 Rebmann Lane, 40504
lthomas@lexingtonky.gov
(field trips; classroom visits; information)
 
Bluegrass Greensource County Liaisons
There is one per county. Contact information for yours can be found here or you can also call  toll free at (866) 222-1648 . Bluegrass Greensource liaisons are great sources of information. Often they have free resources and are willing to do classroom visits.

Kentucky Environmental Education Council
Elizabeth Schmitz
Executive Director
500 Mero Street
Capital Plaza Tower, Room 2107
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-5937
elizabeth.schmitz@ky.gov

Raven Run Nature Sanctuary
Micheal Downs
Rob Ballard
Recreation Supervisors
Phone: 859-272-6105
5888 Jacks Creek Rd, 40515
Raven Run Nature Sanctuary Website
(field trips; classroom visits; information)

Lexington Living Arts and Science Center
Katherine Bullock
Discovery Education Director
kbullock@lasclex.org
Phone: 859-252-5222
362 North Martin Luther King Blvd., 40508
(field trips; classroom visits; information)

Life Adventure Center of the Bluegrass
Tim Magill
Executive Director
tim@lifeadventurecenter.org
570 Milner Road
Versailles, Kentucky 40383
(859) 873-3271
(environmental education, ropes course, equine)

Conservation Districts
Phone: 502-573-3080
Each county has a Conservation District. The staff is usually willing to do classroom visits, and often the districts have free educational resources available. Some of them even offer small environmental education grants! Get contact information for your county’s Conservation District by visiting the website below or by calling the number listed above.

Skaker Village of Pleasant Hill
Susan Hughes
Education Manager
susanh@shakervillageky.org
Phone: 859-734-1550
3501 Lexington Road
Harrodsburg, KY 40330-8846
www.shakervillageky.org
(teaching materials; riverboat rides; thematic tours; hands-on workshops)

Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS)
Kimberly Richardson
Phone: 859-224-7350
kimberly.richardson@ky.gov
771 Corporate Drive, 40503
(resource materials; Enviroscape)

Center for Environmental Education
Billy Bennett
Phone: 859-622-1476
william.bennett@eku.edu
3108 New Science Building
Richmond, KY 40475
(resource materials for pre-service teachers; adaptation curricula; help implementing environmental education programs; field trips to Maywoods)

Cooperative Extension Offices
If you don’t know your local extension agent, look up the number for your county office and call now! Cooperative Extension has tons of great programs and resources for schools. Agents frequently do classroom visits on a variety of topics. Find contact information for your Cooperative Extension Office at http://www.ca.uky.edu/county.

UK Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development
Jennifer Lynn
State Specialist for Natural Resources
Phone: 859-289-5308
jlynn@uky.edu
209 Scovell Hall
Lexington, KY 40546

AGRICULTURE

Kentucky Department of Agriculture
Elizabeth McNulty
Phone: 502-573-0282
elizabeth.mcnult@ky.gov
Office for Consumer and Environmental Protection
107 Corporate Drive
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601
(Farm to Food)

Jed Davis
Bee Keeper
Phone: 859-857-2272
371 Caney Church Rd. mandjed371@msn.com
Stamping Ground, KY 40379
(presentations; information)

Fayette Co. Farm Bureau
Carrie Johnson, Executive Director
Phone: 859-253-0023
1316 Versailles Rd, 40504
(traveling barn-contains videos, lesson plans, toy tractors, seeds, etc.)

Kentucky Farm Bureau
Susie Tanner
Phone: 502-495-5000
Susan.Tanner@kyfb.com
9201 Bunsen Pkwy
Louisville, KY 40220
(lending library-puzzles, books, videos; resource materials)

University of Kentucky
Department of Animal Sciences
Larissa H. Tucker
Phone: 859-257-5986
larissa.tucker@uky.edu
403 W.P. Garrigus Building
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40546-0215
(dairy youth programs)

University of Kentucky
Department of Animal and Food Science
Extension Professor
Dr. Tony Pescatore,
Phone: 859-257-7529
apescato@uky.edu
604 W P Garrigus Bldg, 40546-0215
(tour not available; the farm will do classroom visits and help with poultry or egg related class projects)

University of Kentucky
Department of Animal Sciences
Kirk Vanzant
Research Specialist/Manager
Phone: 859-873-6587
kirk.vanzant@uky.edu
1052 Midway Road
Versailles, KY 40383
(tours of beef farm, NOT off site-please give notice of a month or more; beef farm located in Woodford Co.)

AIR

Division of Air
Roberta Burnes
Phone: 502-564-3999
Roberta.Burnes@ky.gov
200 Fair Oaks Ln., 1st Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(free education packets; air quality teacher workshops; classroom visits; hot air balloon-fee charged; Captain ZAP visits)

AQUATIC WILDLIFE

Department of Fish and Wildlife
Salato Wildlife Education Center
Marc Johnson, Aquatic Educator
Phone: 1-800-858-1549
marca.johnson@ky.gov
#1 Game Farm Road
Frankfort, KY 40604
(presentations ; resource materials; field trips)

ENERGY

Project NEED (Nat’l Energy Education Development)
Karen Reagor
Kentucky State Coordinator
Phone: 859-578-0312
KReagor@NEED.org
PO Box 176055
Covington, KY 41017
(Project NEED teacher workshops; information)

Energy and Environment Cabinet
Phone: 859-564-5525
500 Mero Street, 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
www.eec.ky.gov/Pages/default.aspx
www.eec.ky.gov/Pages/EnvironmentalEducators.aspx
(occasional presentations; resources on a variety of environmental topics)

ENTOMOLOGY

UK Dept of Entomology
Blake Newton, Entomologist
Phone: 859-257-7453
blaken@uky.edu
S225 Agriculture Science Center North, 40526-0091
(insects available to bring into classrooms)

FORESTRY and BOTANY

Division of Forestry
North Central District
James Wright
Forester
Phone: 502-573-1085
PO Box 516
Frankfort, KY 40602
(forestry information; Smokey the Bear presentations; trees; outdoor classroom information; classroom visits)

KY Division of Forestry
Jennifer Turner
Public Information Officer
Phone: 502-564-4496
JenniferL.Turner@ky.gov
627 Comanche Trail
Frankfort, KY 40601
(information; resources; Arbor Day poster contest)

Floracliff Nature Sanctuary
Beverly James
Preserve Manager
Phone: 859-351-7770
Floracliff@aol.com
P.O. Box 21723, 40522
(information; workshops, guided hike opportunities)

UK Arboretum
Emma Trester-Wilson
Kentucky Children’s Garden Education Coordinator
Phone: 859-257-9339
emma.trester-wilson@uky.edu
500 Alumni Drive
Lexington, KY 40503

UK Cooperative Extension
Doug McLaren
Area Extension Specialist in Forestry
Phone: 859-257-2703
doug.mclaren@uky.edu
223 Thomas Poe Cooper Bldg, 40546-0073
(resource for forestry information; PLT facilitator)

GEOLOGY

Kentucky Geological Survey
University of Kentucky
Steve Greb
Director of Science Education
Phone: 859-323-0542
greb@uky.edu
208 Mining and Mineral Resources Bldg, 40506-0107
(classroom visits; resource materials; information; fossil and mineral collection tours)
www.uky.edu/KGS/
www.uky.edu/kgs/education/education.html

NATIVE PLANTS

Shooting Star Nursery
Marianne Hunt
Owner
Phone: 866-405-7979
160 Soards Road
Georgetown, KY 40324
(sells native plants, seeds, trees; offers landscape design and consulting)

Wild Ones
Beate Popkin
beatepopkin@qx.net
Kentucky Chapter President
(helps establish native gardens; works with schools to create outdoor classrooms)
www.wildones.org

SOLID WASTE

Division of Waste Management
Program Coordinator
Jennie Perry
Phone: 502-564-6716
jennie.perry@ky.gov
200 Fair Oaks Ln., 2nd Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(occasional presentations; resources, esp. on recycling)

LFUCG Recycling Center
Esther Moberly
Phone: 859-233-7300
360 Thompson Rd, 40508
(tours and information)

LFUCG Old Landfill Pad
1631 Old Frankfort Pike
Lexington, KY 40504
(Used for composting)

Tri-K Landfill
Dale Kirkpatrick
1905 KY HWY 3249
P.O. Box 435
Stanford, KY 40484
(606) 365-7806
kirkpatrickd@repsrv.com

Benson Valley Landfill
Dale Kirkpatrick
(502) 227-735

WATER

University of Kentucky
Agricultural Programs
Amanda Gumbert
Phone: 859-257-6094
Amanda.gumbert@uky.edu
N-122C Ag Science Center North, 40526-0091
(information source-watersheds, non-point source pollution, groundwater, etc.; occasional presentations)

Kentucky Division of Water
Joann Palmer
Phone: 502-564-3410
Joann.Palmer@ky.gov
200 Fair Oaks Lane, Fourth Floor
Frankfort, KY, 40601
(Water Watch- a stream monitoring program; stream walk materials; teacher trainings; instructional materials; Ollie the Otter-the clean water mascot; water testing and science projects)

WEATHER

WLEX 18
Bill Meck
Meteorologist
Phone: 859-259-1818 ext.455
PO Box 1457, 40585
(classroom visits, usually 1 ½ hour max. per school)

WILDLIFE

Department of Fish and Wildlife
Gary Rogers
Fayette County Conservation Education Program Leader
Phone: 859-327-6073
(presentations; information; resource materials)

University of Kentucky Department of Forestry
Dr. Tom Barnes
Extension Wildlife Specialist
Phone: 859-257-8633
tbarnes@ca.uky.edu
202 Thomas Poe Cooper Bldg, 40546-0073
(presentations; information)

Department of Fish and Wildlife
Bluegrass District
Clay Smitson
Wildlife Biologist
Phone: 859-246-2818
clay.smitson@ky.gov
Georgetown, KY 40324
(classroom visits; information)

East Kentucky Power
Jeff Hohman
Manager of Marketing and Natural Resources
Phone: 859-744-4812
jeff.hohman@ekpc.coop
(3 presentations avalable: bats of KY, wildflowers of KY, and reptiles and amphibians of KY; book 18 months in advance if you want him to present!)

Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources
Laura Burford
Phone: 502-564-7109 ext. 4406
#1 Sportsman’s Lane
Frankfort , KY 40601
(information on Project WET and Project WILD)

The Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission
Phone: 502-573-2886
801 Schenkel Lane
Frankfort, KY 40601-1403
(endangered species information; occasional presentations)

Louisville Zoo
Marcelle Gianelloni
Education Curator
502-459-2181
1100 Trevilian Way
Louisville, KY 40213
(traveling animal show-fee charged)

League of Kentucky Sportsmen
Rick Allen
Vice President
(859) 806-5652
1116 Hume Rd
Lexington, KY 40516
(presentations; resource materials)

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