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Amy Padolf

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Director of Education
Gables, Florida, USA
Amy Padolf is the Director of Education at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Miami, Florida. She oversees national and international multidisciplinary environmental science education programs for pre-kindergarten through post-graduate studies as well as teacher professional development, adult education, and crowdsourcing for conservation research. For nearly 20 years, Ms. Padolf has been developing and implementing STEM education programming with local, national, and international audiences. She holds a BA in Rhetoric from the University of Pittsburgh and an MS in Science Education from Duquesne University. Her most recent accomplishments include: working to establish the nation’s first botany magnet high school in collaboration with Miami-Dade County Public School District, receiving the Marsh Christian Award for excellence in internationally botanic garden education, presenting at TEDxCoconutGrove on Fairchild’s innovative work in partnership and funded by NASA. She is currently working with the Insitute of Museums and Library Services and NASA to develop the Growing Beyond Earth Innovation Studio, a maker space at Fairchild that will address the technology of food production on Earth and in space.
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