Carolyn Chipman Evans, founder and executive director of the Cibolo Nature Center & Farm, has received the prestigious 2014 Association of Nature Center Administrators Nature Center Leadership Award.
The award recognizes individuals who have made a major contribution to the success of a nature center and who have made important contributions to the profession through professional organizations and through support and mentoring of other nature center leaders.
The Association of Nature Center Administrators is a private nonprofit organization founded in 1989 to create a professional association solely of and for leaders in the nature center profession, including directors, managers, senior administrators and board members. It is the only such organization in the United States. Headquartered in Logan, Utah, the mission of the ANCA is to promote and support best leadership and management practices for the nature and environmental learning center profession. ANCA supports 600 dues-paying members from throughout North America, Asia and the Caribbean.
Carter Smith, executive director of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, wrote a letter in support of Chipman Evans’ nomination for the award. “She literally built the [Cibolo Nature Center & Farm] from the ground up, a place nestled among sprawling live oaks along the banks of the spring-fed Cibolo Creek,” he wrote.
“There, she and her team of committed professionals, volunteers, and public and private partners have developed an exceptional, year-round outreach and education facility, replete with innovative on-site and off-site programs and partnerships, environmentally sustainable infrastructure, and an undeniable nexus to the beauty and diversity of the Edward’s Plateau, a region that noted Harvard biologist E.O. Wilson heralded as the 26th biodiversity hotspot in all the world.”
Carolyn Chipman Evans expressed her appreciation at being selected for this year’s ANCA Leadership Award. “I am deeply honored to be recognized by ANCA, an organization that provides essential resources for nature centers across the United States and around the world,” she said. “Our dedicated volunteers, board members and staff deserve our thanks and appreciation for their commitment to nature education and environmental stewardship. Without them, the Cibolo Nature Center & Farm would not be the tremendous community resource it is today.”
The mission of the non-profit Cibolo Nature Center & Farm is conservation of natural resources through education and stewardship. The CNC provides nature- and science-education programs for children and adults, and the nature preserve is open to the public for hiking, wildlife-watching and the peaceful enjoyment of four native Hill Country habitats adjacent to Cibolo Creek. The entrance to the nature center is at Boerne City Park off Hwy. 46 just west of the Kendall County Fairgrounds. The CNC also operates The Herff Farm at the Cibolo at 33 Herff Road. The Herff Farm is open on Saturday mornings, featuring The Farmers Market at the Cibolo, an Inspiration Garden and workshops to help families live in a more ecologically sustainable way. Call (830) 249-4616 or visit www.cibolo.org.