Stefanie Zwygart | Forty Under 40 Recipient 2015
“As the Ogden Nature Center’s Director of Education, Stefanie Zwygart is responsible for providing nature education programs and experiences to thousands of people each year. Outstanding in the field of environmental education, she is a dynamic leader who loves to share her passion for the natural world. Stefanie is a mom and community volunteer who clearly deserves to be recognized as one of the 40 under 40.” – Mary McKinley
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“Stefanie Zwygart is an outstanding professional in the field of environmental education. Since moving to Ogden in 2009 to work for the Ogden Nature Center as its Education Director, Stefanie immediately became involved in the community. A dynamic presenter, she has been a frequent guest on local television programs representing the Ogden Nature Center.
Originally from Southern California, Stefanie has a diverse background working with non-profit environmental education centers. She spent seven years working for SEA Lab- a program of the Los Angeles Conservation Corps as the Public Programs Coordinator, designing and implementing EE and community programs for the public. Additionally, Stefanie worked for several other organizations including Heal the Bay, the Wyland Foundation and the Central Wisconsin Environmental Station. In these various positions, Stefanie led educational programs, trained teachers to use environmental education curriculum in the classroom and served as a camp director. As an active volunteer, Stefanie created interpretive signage for the National Park Service and worked with wildlife rehabilitation, habitat restoration and education centers in California, Wisconsin, Michigan, Massachusetts and Australia. Locally she has served on the board of the Golden Spike Obedience Club, and has volunteered with the Utah Society of Environmental Education.
Stefanie holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Long Beach State University and a Master of Science degree in Natural Resources with an emphasis in Environmental Education and Interpretation from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP). While obtaining her degree from UWSP, Stefanie worked for the Central Wisconsin Environmental Station training and mentoring undergraduate students in EE field. Her thesis focused on training techniques and tools to increase the knowledge and skills of new environmental educators.
Over the last few years Stefanie has been an active member in the state and national environmental education organizations, presenting and participating in conferences and planning meetings. Stefanie is clearly outstanding in her field, and highly respected in the environmental education community.” – Mary McKinley