Fiona Norris, Science Director

Fiona Norris, Science Director

Fiona Norris: Ph.D., Science Director, lectured in Botany for 15 years at the Universities of Durban-Westville, Witwatersrand and Natal, in South Africa before joining the National Botanical Gardens of South Africa for three years as their Director of Education and Information. She moved to Hawaii where she worked in the Botany Department of the Bishop Museum, Honolulu, then accepted the position of Collections Manager and Head of Education for the Botanical Research Institute of Texas where she was instrumental in creating integrated curricula for elementary school learners and wrote books on botany for children. She continued her interest in informal education as Head of Education for the Fort Worth Botanical Garden for 2 years, before following her husband into semi-retirement in Friday Harbor. Fiona joined the staff of the San Juan Nature Institute in the summer of 2003 as coordinator of their children’s programs. She is a WSU Master Gardener and coordinates the annual Garden Tour and Flower Hall at the San Juan County Fair.

Noreen Ignelzi – Marine Educator

Noreen Ignelzi – Marine Educator

Noreen Ignelzi – Marine Educator: joined San Juan Nature Institute in 2005 and now coordinates Salmon in the Classroom and teaches marine invertebrates classes. Her undergraduate degree from Oregon State University is in Marine Invertebrate Ecology taught by Jane Lubechencho and Bruce Menge. Many years later, and with two sons in universities, Noreene went back to OSU for her Masters degree in Informal Learning. She completed her masters’ project through SJNI by facilitating the development of The Shaw Intertidal Field Guide with the students of Shaw School. She currently is using evaluation tools developed specifically for informal learning environments in the formal classrooms of Shaw, Orcas and Lopez. These same assessment and evaluation tools are also being implemented in collaborative projects with Friends of the San Juans and The Stewardship Network.