Environmental Education and Citizen Science Program Manager
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Environmental Resource Program


Sarah Yelton works as the environmental education and citizen science program manager for the UNC Institute for the Environment’s Environmental Resource Program. In her work, she engages K-12 teachers, students and other lay audiences in learning about environmental science and health related to research associated with the Institute for the Environment and the UNC Superfund Research Program. Before coming to UNC-Chapel Hill, Yelton spent 6 years with the NC Office of Environmental Education and Public Affairs, where she supported the efforts of North Carolina teachers to integrate environmental literacy into their curriculum, including development of the NC Environmental Literacy Plan, numerous teacher professional development programs and the NC Outdoor Classroom Symposium. Yelton’s background also includes nature center management and residential environmental education programming. She is a Certified Environmental Educator and in 2009, was awarded the NC Outstanding Earth Science Educator Award by the NC Geological Survey. In 2012, she received the Outstanding Service Award from the Environmental Educators of North Carolina (EENC) organization


M.S., Natural Resource-Environmental Education, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, 2000
B.A., Anthropology/Recreation Administration, UNC-Chapel Hill, 1996