Monday, March 14th - Olivia Bouler
11 years old and willing to help is how she described herself to the Audubon Society when she contacted them about the tragedy in the Gulf. Aspiring ornithologist and artist, Olivia wept when she heard about the oil spill in the Gulf Coast, a place where she spent many vacations with her cousins and grandparents who live in Louisiana and Alabama. With Audubon’s input, Olivia decided simply to give bird drawings to those who donated to wildlife recovery efforts, setting a goal of 500 originals. The response was incredible, raising over $200,000 for organizations helping wildlife in the Gulf region.
Now a junior in high school, she is currently writing and illustrating a graphic novel and enjoys speaking to fellow young people around the country about birds and saving their habitat.
Tuesday, March 15th - DEP Secretary John Quigley
From 2009 to 2011, Secretary Quigley served as secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR). Prior to his appointment as secretary, Quigley worked for DCNR overseeing strategic initiatives and operations and as chief of staff. He has had a diverse career in the nonprofit, public, and private sectors, including eight years as the mayor of the City of Hazleton, government relations manager with Citizens for Pennsylvania's Future, and management positions with industry-leading companies.
Secretary Quigley will address the audience about the current state of environmental education in Pennsylvania and where it is headed; the importance of environmental educators, both formal and non-formal in the Commonwealth; and what role(s) PAEE as a group, and attendees individually, can do to help enhance environmental education in Pennsylvania.