Monroe resident and former Woodinville High School teacher and department head Britton-Simmons was recently honored as the Eastside Audubon Society’s 2011 Environmentalist of the Year for her work to instill a lifetime commitment to conservation in children.
Britton-Simmons was chair of the Eastside Audubon Education Committee for nine years and during that time led the creation of classroom and community programs that have engaged many hundreds of young people in conservation. In 2011 alone, approximately 1,000 children and 500 adults participated in a youth education event organized under her leadership. She developed a series of classroom presentations that meet the Essential Academic Learning Requirements of the state of Washington and produced the Bird Discovery Box, a treasure chest of resources educators can borrow from Eastside Audubon to teach about birds.
“I want kids to form a relationship with nature at an early age so they will be lifelong lovers of birds and nature and then be their stewards when they grow up,” Britton-Simmons said.
She organized Eastside Audubon’s program of grants to teachers for reusable classroom materials and an annual scholarship for a high school senior planning to pursue studies in the environment or natural sciences. She also oversaw the establishment of a nature camp scholarship program for middle school students.
Britton-Simmons completed her final term on the Eastside Audubon board in December.
With its Environmentalist of the Year Award, the Conservation Committee of Eastside Audubon each year recognizes a community member or organization for sustained effort on a conservation project, educational program, scientific study or written work that has had an observable impact.