Pam has worked for Friends of the Zoo at Dickerson Park Zoo since 2007.
Why do you do what you do?
“Coming from a formal education background only deepens my love of teaching. This position allows me to see the excitement of both children and adults when presenting live animals.”
What issue is impacting/affecting your area right now? How are you dealing with it?
“Extinction is forever. Scientists estimate that every 24 hours, 150 – 200 species of mammals, birds, insects and plants become extinct. What I believe to be a huge part of the problem is the virtual world in which we live. Children are losing opportunities for direct contact with nature. One of my favorite books is ‘Last Child in the Woods,’ by Richard Louv. This book inspires me, as conservation education director at Dickerson Park Zoo, to provide engaging opportunities for children to make connections with nature. How will children protect nature if they do not know and understand it? ‘ In the end we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand; and we will understand only what we are taught.’ (Baba Dioum, a Sengegalese environmentalist, derived from a speech made in New Delhi, India, in 1968.)”
What’s the best part of your job?
“The best part of my job is when I have the opportunity to work with children. I love watching their facial expressions when they learn something new, cool or touch an animal they have never seen before.”
What do you admire about this organization?
“The City consistently works to make Springfield a ‘green’ community.”