KWEC’s Kern recognized as a leader in environmental education


Mandy Kern is on the left, Onlaee Nicklin (center) is the illustrator, and writer Tracy Million-Simmons with Meadowlark Press (proper).

FHSU University Relations

A Fort Hays State University employees member has been recognized by the Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education for overcoming the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic on environmental education.

Mandy Kern, program specialist at FHSU’s Kansas Wetlands Education Center close to Great Bend, obtained the newly created Pivot Award from the KACEE. This one-time award class honors people, teams, or organizations that demonstrated excellent adaptability to ship environmental education applications regardless of the challenges posed by the pandemic.

Curtis Wolf, director of the KWEC, mentioned that Kern went above and past in the previous 19 months to make sure that her environmental education applications would proceed. 

“I am happy to see Mandy get recognized for her hard work,” Wolf mentioned. “As Mandy’s supervisor, I absolutely believe she deserved this award.”

Kern developed new applications and adjusted supply strategies to digital choices, together with a digital tour of Cheyenne Bottoms. Kern additionally wrote a kids’s e-book with supplemental program supplies.

Her digital subject journey of Cheyenne Bottoms permits educators to make use of interviews, digital actuality movies, and precise drone footage to show in regards to the Cheyenne Bottoms. It provides college students at space faculties a likelihood to go to just about when they’re unable to take action in individual.

It additionally allows environmental educators exterior the native space a possibility to discover the wetlands, ensuing in better alternatives for individuals throughout Kansas and past to study in regards to the significance of Cheyenne Bottoms.

Kern was nominated for the award by Dr. Matthew Clay, assistant professor of Teacher Education at FHSU.

“I am honored that I was nominated for this award by a colleague I respect and enjoy collaborating with,” Kern mentioned. “Dr. Clay does a great job with his students, preparing them for a future in science education, and did much pivoting of his own this past year.”

Kansas Wetlands Education Center, affiliated with FHSU’s Werth College of Science, Technology and Mathematics, is positioned 10 miles northeast of Great Bend on the Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area. More info may be discovered at