May 2, 2022
The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies proudly shares the news that Brittany Wray, Director for the Kentucky Association for Environmental Education, is recognized as this year’s Project WILD Outstanding Coordinator of the Year. Each year the Association honors one Project WILD coordinator with this award at the annual Project WILD Coordinators’ Conference.
“Brittany is widely respected in her field. She has a positive attitude, extensive knowledge about conservation, and passion to connect youth and adults with the outdoors,” stated Elena Takaki, Director of Professional Development and Conservation Education at the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.
Wray has been a Project WILD Coordinator for five years and has worked with the Kentucky Association for Environmental Education for six years. Her enthusiasm, creativity, and professionalism are an asset not only to educators in Kentucky, but across the country as she shares her ideas and demonstrates her leadership at the national level.
“I am honored and humbled by this award, and thankful for every opportunity I've had to be part of the Project WILD team,” stated Brittany Wray upon learning of her award. “My first real taste of environmental education was Project WILD over ten years ago! I participated in a workshop through my methods course when I was studying to become a middle grades science teacher. I remember that first game of Oh Deer! like it was yesterday. Project WILD has been a part of my career since that moment - both in my science classroom and now as an integral part of my job as Education Director for KAEE. It is such a privilege to serve as the Kentucky Coordinator for Project WILD -- the program and the people are just phenomenal.”
Project WILD joined the Association in 2017. Project WILD is an interdisciplinary conservation and environmental education program that focuses on wildlife and habitat. The goal of Project WILD is to develop awareness, knowledge, skills, and commitment resulting in informed decisions, responsible behavior, and constructive actions concerning wildlife and the environment. To learn more about Project WILD, go to www.projectwild.org.
The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies represents North America’s fish and wildlife agencies to advance sound, science-based management and conservation of fish and wildlife and their habitats in the public interest. The Association represents its state agency members on Capitol Hill and before the Administration to advance favorable fish and wildlife conservation policy and funding and works to ensure that all entities work collaboratively on the most important issues. The Association also provides member agencies with coordination services on cross-cutting as well as species-based programs that range from birds, fish habitat and energy development to climate change, wildlife action plans, conservation education, leadership training and international relations. Working together, the Association’s member agencies are ensuring that North American fish and wildlife management has a clear and collective voice.