2017 Outstanding Environmental Educator Award - Kay Phelps

Dr. Kay Phelps

Fort Lewis College


After 31 years teaching K-8 in Southwest Colorado and as a Fulbright Scholar in the UK, Kay Phelps completed her doctorate in Educational Leadership and Change with Fielding Graduate University. She accepted a position with Fort Lewis College teaching what she loves most - science for educators with an emphasis in Environmental Literacy. As a Project Learning Tree Facilitator she offers workshops each term for preservice teachers. As a Project Wet Facilitator she collaborates each summer with the Mountain Studies Institute, San Juan Mountains Association and the Water Information Program to teach a 2-day, place-based Professional Development for teachers entitled “Forest to Faucet.” In 2017 Dr. Phelps served as a water education panelist for the CO Water Workshop in Gunnison and the annual CAEE conference in Denver in 2017. Since 2015 she has presented annually for CAEE and the National Science Teachers Association in environmental science and arts integration and has offered two 3-day science and art PDs at Willowtail Preserve and Education Center. Funded by an NSF grant in the summer of 2017, she collaborated with art and science teachers to provide two week-long science camps for Southern Ute children in entomology and patterns in nature. In the Fall of 2016, Dr. Phelps was elected to a 4-year term as Vice President of the Board of the Nature Center at Butler Corner. When she isn’t teaching, Dr. Phelps can be found with her family - in her garden, on a trail with binoculars, or on a mountain top!

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