2018 Conference Keynote Speaker

Dr. William Hammond: 2018 Keynote Speaker

Friday evening, September 21, 2018

Opening the conference with Friday evening’s Keynote Address is Dr. William (Bill) Hammond.  An educator for the past 60 years, Bill is a Founder and President of the Board of Trustees at the Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium, and is President of Natural Context consulting firm.  His esteemed career includes work as Lead Environmental Consultant to Kitson & Partners on all planning for the Babcock Ranch Solar-Sustainable Community (45,000 people), as Founding Trustee of the Brandwein Institute, and as Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at Florida Gulf Coast University.  Bill began his career as a junior and senior high school teacher and later became the Lee County Science Supervisor and Coordinator of Environmental Education.  For the next 30+ years, Bill served as the Director of Curriculum Development Services and Environmental Education for the Lee County School District in Fort Myers, Florida.  He now advises a wide range of private and public organizations, as well as over 250 nonprofit organizations.  Bill has inspired students, cultivated talents and mentored many. He is the recipient of the Congressional Theodore Roosevelt Award to Service in Conservation to the Nation, National Wildlife Federation Conservation Educator Award, National Project Wild Educator of the Year, NAAEE Leadership Award, and Career Golden Leaf Award, among others.  He has given presentations in all 50 states, 9 Canadian Provinces, and 18 foreign countries. In his keynote remarks, Bill will share how more than four million years of human behavior, adaptations, rapidly changing human cultures and environment informs the present, and how personal experience molds perception and our sense of capacity, initiative and connection to the outdoors.


Judy Braus, 2018 Keynote Address

Saturday evening, September 22, 2018


NYSOEA is pleased to welcome Judy Braus as 2018 Keynote Speaker. Judy is the Executive Director of the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) and has been actively involved in the field for more than three decades. Judy believes in the ability of environmental education to advance both environmental literacy and public engagement and is passionate about creating an inclusive environmental movement.  At NAAEE, her focus has been on helping empower individuals and organizations like NYSOEA to work together to increase their collective impact and create societal change.  Previously in her career, Judy managed the education and outreach departments at the National Audubon Society, World Wildlife Fund, and the National Wildlife Federation. She was also the manager of environmental education programming at the U.S. Peace Corps. Judy has led international environmental education projects, facilitated leadership conferences in dozens of countries, been the chief editor of several successful national publishing efforts focused on environmental education, and is published in numerous nationally recognized works.  She developed “Windows on the Wild” at WWF, and “NatureScope” at NWF, education materials that are still widely used. While at Peace Corps, she co-authored “Environmental Education in the Schools: Creating a Program that Works,” which is used in dozens of countries around the world today. Judy believes in the importance of partnerships and has cultivated lasting relationships with REI, National Geographic Society, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Aardman Animations, and many others. Over her distinguished career, Judy has received many awards and delivered presentations around the world to promote her vision for the future. In her keynote address Judy will discuss how outdoor and environmental educators can help shape the future of our fields and inspire tomorrow’s leaders, not only here in New York, but across the globe.