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Zoo News

Zoo News

Dec 19, 2012

Marti Copeland has been appointed as the director of education for Dallas Zoo Management Inc.  She will oversee and direct all aspects of the Dallas Zoo’s Education department and help provide programming to the community that sparks interest, shares knowledge, encourages conservation action, and connects people to the natural world.

Copeland brings more than 10 years of experience in outdoor and environmental education, development of programs connecting science education and conservation goals, classroom teaching, and directing camp as well as other programs to her new position.

Most recently, she served as education manager at the Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center at Cedar Hill to help with the start-up of the center, to develop the formal and informal education programs, and to manage the part-time and volunteer educators.  Copeland built upon her previous experience by developing curricula and lesson plans that supported and aligned with the Texas state standards and promoted goals of conservation and connections with nature.  Prior to moving to Dallas, she worked as an educator and program leader for the Houston Independent School District’s Outdoor Education Center in Trinity, Texas for almost eight years.  Copeland has also worked two seasons as the director of a technology camp for kids and two years as an art teacher in high school.  She also brings additional expertise as a challenge course (ropes course) trainer and leadership facilitator.

Copeland has participated in numerous professional conferences and has organized several such meetings.  She is active with the Texas Association for Environmental Education and has served on their board since 2007.

“We are excited about the addition of Marti to our professional team,” said Gregg Hudson, president and chief executive officer of Dallas Zoo Management Inc. “Her background and expertise working with our staff will help expand our ability to strategically develop and refine the educational programs of the Dallas Zoo and the Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park.”

Copeland received her Bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the University of Oklahoma and her teaching certificate from Stephen F. Austin State University.  She skillfully uses this background to help children explore and connect with nature.