Rick Zenn
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  • Portland, OR
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Senior Fellow
World Forestry Center
Rick Zenn
Senior Fellow, World Forestry Center

“Rick, thanks for your great work.”
- Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods

Rick Zenn is an internationally recognized environmental educator with more than 30 years of professional experience in the field as a naturalist, teacher, program manager, trainer and consultant.

He is the first Senior Fellow at the World Forestry Center, appointed in 2009 after serving as the center’s popular education director for nearly 20 years. Today, Zenn leads the national and international education and outreach initiatives of the non-profit World Forestry Center focusing on partnerships, training and institutional development. He serves as advisor to the President and CEO, as well as to the director and international forest researchers in the center’s World Forest Institute (WFI). He is a frequent host for visiting educators, scientists and government leaders from around the world.

Zenn directs the World Forestry Center’s International Educators Institute (IEI), an intensive summer leadership program for accomplished teachers and forest scientists which he founded in 1996. Today, the program has more than 250 alumni representing government, business, NGOs, universities and local schools in 33 countries and 36 states. IEI is one of the premier field-based professional development programs in the U.S. for leaders who are committed to advancing effective teaching and learning about the world’s forests.

He is president of the Oregon Urban and Community Forestry Council - Oregon Community Trees - and he serves on the national Project Learning Tree (PLT) committee of the American Forest Foundation.
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At 4:47am on April 12, 2011, Suz Lipman said…
Hi Rick! Warm welcome to C&NN Connect. I'm glad you found us and hope you make yourself at home in discussions and groups. Your biography is quite rich. I hope you'll share your activities and ideas with us and likewise find this a source of resources -- the Natural Teachers group may be a place to start. I hope you stay in touch with this forum and that we see you here again soon. Cheers!

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