Tracy Calla

Tracy Calla, senior manager of school and family programs at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, was awarded the title of 2019 Project WILD Florida Facilitator of the Year at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) Ocala Conservation Camp last month. Calla was selected because she has been a successful and extremely popular workshop leader, which has included facilitating a “Growing Up WILD” professional development workshop at Selby Gardens for early childhood educators. Project WILD, which stands for Wildlife in Learning Design, is a national interdisciplinary conservation and environmental education program emphasizing wildlife. The program is designed for educators of kindergarten through 12th-grade students. Calla has used Project WILD activities and ideas to enhance and expand the depth and breadth of Selby’s summer camp curriculum, and has tailored WILD activities to meet the needs of teachers bringing their students to Selby Gardens for field studies. She has also “Floridarized” a number of WILD activities and lesson plans to address environmental issues and concepts relevant to our state’s unique ecosystems. 

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