Environmental Education Outreach Specialist, NOAA
Elise Trelegan is the Environmental Education Outreach Specialist for NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office’s Environmental Science Training Center in Oxford, Maryland. Her work is primarily situated around the Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience (MWEE), as she creates and facilitates online, blended, and in-person professional learning opportunities for formal and non-formal educators to support the approach. She's interested in the way that online learning and the flipped classroom can complement and enhance traditional environmental education programs. Elise supports environmental literacy efforts in the Mid-Atlantic region through participation in the Chesapeake Bay Program, Virginia No Child Left Inside Coalition, Virginia Resource Use Education Council, and other regional efforts. She is currently most interested in how climate education can help to build resilient communities.Previous to her work with NOAA, Elise was the Education Director at a residential environmental education center and field station where she developed a community-based intergenerational program that was a recipient of the UL Innovative Education Award in 2016. In addition to her experience in program design and implementation, she enjoys planning and curating unique events and fundraisers that support environmental education. In 2017, she co-organized and founded MARSH Fest, a highly intentional community festival that supports outdoor field experiences for every eighth-grade student on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. An interdisciplinary learner herself, Elise earned her Bachelor of Arts from Hampshire College with a self-built concentration in science communication, photography, and education. Elise has also been recognized as one of NAAEE's 30 Under 30.