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Exploring Nature Educational Resource:

Life Science, Earth Science, and Physical Science Resources for K-12

Site Contributors and Credentials

All the information and more than 5,000 scientific illustrations on the website have been researched, written and illustrated by Sheri Amsel.

Sheri Amsel has undergraduate degrees in Botany and Zoology from the University of Montana and Master's Degrees in Anatomy, Physiology and Biomedical Illustration from Colorado State University. Ms. Amsel interned at the Smithsonian Institute in 1983 in Scientific Illustration, taught Anatomy and Physiology and Biology at three colleges from 1990 - 1997.

In addition, Ms. Amsel has published more than 20 nonfiction children's books, two field guides for adults, and illustrated a myriad of books and interpretive signage on nature and science topics.

Ms. Amsel has visited more than 400 schools nationally with science programming since 1995. She regularly speaks at NSTA (National Science Teachers Association) Conferences and does professional development for BOCES training educators to use online science resources and integrate the Next Generation Science Standards into curriculum.

In 2009, Sheri Amsel was awarded the Elizabeth Abernathy Hull Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Environmental Education of Youths, by the National Garden Club.

 For more specific information about Ms. Amsel's background go to Sheri Amsel's In Depth Credentials at bottom.

Other Contributors to the Site

Dr. Scott Amsel is the website's animal consultant and answers questions for the "Ask the Zoo Vet" database. He has also contributed many of the animal movies and photographs. Dr. Amsel is an exotic animal veterinarian. He received his veterinary degree from Davis Veterinary School in 1984. Dr. Amsel has worked as veterinarian at the Los Angeles Zoo, Disney's Wild Animal Park in Orlando, and the Aviculture Institute. He contributes his expertise to big cat rescue facilities throughout the country, speaks at conferences on tiger care and has worked for the Orangutan Foundation and Earth Trust to help promote the protection of exotic animals around the world.

Webmasters

Grace Gilbert, Grayslake Webmasters (retired), Grayslake, IL

Eli Madden, Quicksilver Web Works,  LLC., Middlebury, VT

Colden Prime, Intrepid Pursuits, Cambridge, MA

Site Contributors and Credentials

Dr. Amsel is Sheri Amsel's older brother and Ms. Amsel often accompanies him on visits to animal preserves to photograph and film animals and assist where she can.

 

 

 

In Depth Credentials:

Sheri Amsel

EDUCATION 

1987 M.S. Biomedical Illustration, Colorado State University

1987 M.S. Anatomy and Physiology, Colorado State University

1983 Internship at the Smithsonian Institute in Scientific Illustration
1980 B.A. Botany and Zoology, University of Montana

DIGITAL WORK AS AUTHOR, SCIENTIFIC ILLUSTRATOR AND EDUCATOR
1998 TO PRESENT

Creator of Exploring Nature Educational Resource (including all content development and scientific illustration), a subscription website with more than 5,000 web pages of illustrated science content for K-12, based on national curriculum standards and used by schools in more than 20 countries (receiving more than 15,000 page-views per day). (2005 - present)

Curriculum Development and Illustration for Benchmark Literacy (2013-14)

iPad Development with Intrepid Pursuits (Boston, MA) - Development of content and illustrations for the Animal of the World iPad and iPhone App. (2012)         

The Making Track Challenge Website - Created the www.makingtrackschallenge.com website, a permanent and growing collection of hiking trails throughout North America input by citizen naturalists nationally and including a comprehensive list of the most common species found on each trail. Also includes resources for schools to make their own educational nature trails. 2009

WORK IN PRINT AS AUTHOR AND ILLUSTRATOR

1995 TO PRESENT

Author and Illustrator of nonfiction science and nature picture books for children and field guides for adults. More than twenty published titles with: Raintree Steck Vaughn, Millbrook Press, Nystrom Science, Adams Media, Pinto Press, North Country Books, etc.

Author and Illustrator of Science Flip Charts for NewPath Learning (Victor, NY). Six chart series: Animals, Plants, Classification, Oceans, Biomes and Food Webs. (2011)

Interpretive Signage for NYS Department of Health and Creating Healthy Places – Text development and Illustration for outdoor recreation trails throughout upstate New York. (2012-13)


WORK AS EDUCATOR
1990 TO PRESENT

Visiting Author presenting science programming to more than 300 schools, libraries, science museums, and science education conferences. Programs include: Exploring Habitats of the World, Bridging Nature Trails with Classroom Science, A Close Up Look at Wild Animals, Drawing Wildlife. Funded by New York State Arts and Education, Wildlife Conservation Society, the Adirondack VIC, etc. (1995 - present)

Adjunct Faculty at Plattsburgh State University, Clinton Community College and North Country Community College as teaching classes in Biology and Anatomy and Physiology. (Between 1990 - 1999).


KEYNOTES, HONORARIUMS, GRANTS, & AWARDS

2015-17: NYS Grant for Expanded Prekindergarten - Science Concepts and Drawing Skills
2014: NYS Grant for 3-Day PD Workshop “Integrating Next Generation of Science Standards into Curriculum.”
2013: Featured Author at 2013 Mountain Lake PBS Writing Contest Celebration.
2012: Speaker at 2012 NSTA National Conference in Atlanta, GA, “Teaching Science on School Grounds.”
2011: Speaker at 2011 CAST Conference in Dallas, Texas, “Bridging the Outdoors with Science Education, ELA, Art, and Historical Perspectives.”
2010: Speaker at the 2010 NSTA National Conference in Philadelphia, PA, “Bridging Outdoor Education with Classroom Science.”
2009: Received the Elizabeth Abernathy Hull Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Environmental Education of Youths, by the National Garden Club.
2008: Speaker at 2008 NYOEA Conference in Lake Placid, “Developing Educational Nature Trail for Schools.”
2007: Speaker at 2007 NSTA Conference in Denver, “Developing Educational Nature Trail for Schools.”
2006: Vermont Library Conference, “Enhancing Elementary Curriculum with Picture Books.”
2005: Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting, “Alternative Careers in Science.”
2004: Medialle College Graduate Program for Elementary Educators, “Science Education Supplements.”
2004: National Association of Interpreters Conference, “Creating Educational Murals.”
2004: Iroquois Reading Council Meetings, “Accuracy in Trade Books for the Classroom.”
2003: Genesee BOCES Featured Author Series, “Nonfiction in Children’s Literature and Publishing.”
2001: Keynote Speaker at 2001 SLIMS (School Library Media) Conference, “Writing Nonfiction for Children.”

PUBLISHED BOOKS

Simon’s Bug (Nystrom Press, 1992) 

A World of Insects (Nystrom Press, 1992)

A Wetland Walk (Millbrook Press, 1993) 

Cecil’s Montana Adventure (Falcon Press, 1993)
Habitats of the World 4-Book Series Rainforests, Deserts, Grasslands, Mts (Raintree-Steck Vaughn, 93)
Cecil’s Great Northern Adventure (North County Books, 1995)

Adirondack Alphabet (North County Books, 1997)
Adirondack Counting Book (North County Books, 1998) 

Adirondack Nature Guide (Pinto Press, 1997)
Vermont Nature Guide (Pinto Press, 1998)
Drawing Adirondack Wildlife (N.K. Burns Press, 2001)

Finger Lakes Almanac (North Country Books, 2005)
The Kids Everything Kids Environment Book (Adams Publishing, 2007)
365 Ways to Live Green for Kids (Adams Publishing, 2009)
Wild Science (Exploring Nature Science Publishing, 2012)
Cecil Goes Wild  (Exploring Nature Science Publishing, 2012)
Adirondack Wild Adventure (The Wild Center and Exploring Nature Science Publishing, 2012)
The Kids Everything Kids Human Body Book (Adams Publishing, 2012)
Dogs and Cats for Kids (The North Country SPCA and Exploring Nature Science Publishing, 2013)
Vermont Nature Guide (New full color edition released by Echo Point Books & Media, 2015)
Wild Coloring: Fairy Garden - Engage Your Imagination, Soothe Your Spirit, Color Your World (Amazon Publishing, 2015)
Zoo Vet Aphabet (Amazon Publishing, 2016)
Draw, Color and Learn About Rainforests (Amazon Publishing, 2016)

 

 

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