Nancy Zapotocki is a Biologist and Course Leader for the Human Dimensions and Partnerships training in the Applied Conservation and Policy Branch at NCTC. Nancy has over 20 years of experience working with conservation education, natural resources conservation, watershed planning and partnerships. She has worked with her own business in Montana and transboundary into Canada, NGOs and with local and federal government (Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service and Corps of Engineers). With FWS, this included work in Alaska, North Carolina, Oregon, West Virginia and Wyoming, both with Refuges and Ecological Services.
She holds a Master of Arts degree in Biology with a concentration in Education, a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Resource Management and has completed a year-long Conservation Leadership Fellowship with National Audubon. She completed the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program training and has participated in the Omega Institute training for an Introduction to Contemplative Practices in Higher Education to help bring mindfulness practices into her personal and work life and training curriculum. Nancy is also bronze certified in the Kirkpatrick Four Levels Evaluation Program.
Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading/journaling, birding, gardening, practicing mindfulness and exploring the wonders of nature on foot or skis. She currently lives in Shepherdstown, WV with her husband Matt, a National Park Service Ranger and their snow dogs, Franco and Miley.
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