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Sarah Yelton

Environmental Education and Citizen Science Program Manager
Center for Public Engagement with Science


Sarah Yelton is the environmental education and citizen science program manager for the UNC Institute for the Environment’s Center for Public Engagement with Science. Much of Yelton’s work centers around building partnerships with formal classroom teachers and informal science educators to incorporate current environmental science into instruction, using field experiences and outdoor learning approaches to integrate learning across content areas. She also engages diverse youth in learning about and developing locally relevant solutions to climate impacts in their communities and building pathways for youth into STEM fields. In here role as the research translation coordinator for the UNC Superfund Research Program, she engages key state and federal agency stakeholders, trains researchers and students in science communication skills and develops innovative communications and educational materials, as well as programming, for a range of environmental science and health topics related to hazardous chemical exposure.


M.S., Natural Resources, Environmental Education, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, WI
B.A., Leisure Studies and Recreation Administration, and Anthropology (double major), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill