2018 Conference Keynote Speaker

Dr. William Hammond, 2018 Keynote Speaker

Friday evening, September 21, 2018


Opening this year’s conference with a Keynote Address on Friday evening is Dr. William (Bill) Hammond, President of Natural Context consulting firm, Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at Florida Gulf Coast University, and retired mentor to many. For a decade early in his career, Bill was a junior and senior high school teacher. In the late 1960’s, he 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.  Upon his retirement in 1993, Dr. Hammond continues to present, offers trainings, and consults with corporations through his firm Natural Context.  He also advises a wide range of private and public organizations, as well as over 250 non-profit organizations. During his esteemed career with schools, the university and private consulting, Bill has inspired students and cultivated talents. He’s given numerous presentations and led workshops on curriculum and program development in all 50 states, Canada, England, the former Soviet Union, and in 19 Caribbean nations.  In his sure-to-entertain keynote remarks, Bill will lead us on a journey into our past to foster our own understanding of how we’ve come to arrive at this time and place in the fields of outdoor and environmental education – 50 years in the making! 



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.