2020 Outstanding Environmental Educator Award Recipient
Rachel Balduzzi has committed more than fifteen years of her career to environmental education efforts in Rocky Mountain National Park. She began her work at Rocky as an intern before stepping into a Seasonal Interpretive Ranger at the Alpine Visitor Center. In these roles, Rachel led interpretive programs and provided information to the public to help guide visitor experiences. From here, she transitioned into serving as the Lead Environmental Education Technician for Rocky Mountain National Park. In this role she helped develop and lead curriculum-based programming for local Colorado students. During these years of work with the National Park Service, Rachel engaged thousands of visitors and local school children in educational activities and interpretive programming.
After leaving the National Park Service, Rachel transitioned into her most recent role, Education Director with the Rocky Mountain Conservancy. Over the past 10 years of leading the Rocky Mountain Conservancy-Field Institute (formerly known as the Rocky Mountain Nature Association’s Field Seminar program), Rachel has increased the impacts of the Conservancy’s educational programming more than tenfold. This growth includes increases in youth, family, and adult programming, the addition of educational bus adventures, expansion of programming to the Grand Lake area, and development of local partners to offer outreach programming. In addition to the programming outcomes, Rachel also helped increased internship and fellowship opportunities at the Conservancy and in Rocky Mountain National Park to support professional development for young adults.