Director of Educational Programs
Nancy Conway is the Director of Educational Programs for Friends of Five Rivers. Nancy is a life-long learner, having had careers in engineering and public education prior to joining Friends in 2008. Nancy combines her innate curiosity and analytical skills with her educational know-how to create timely, accessible ecological programming for all ages. Nancy is motivated to connect people with nature and spark their curiosity through hands-on, collaborative activites. In doing so, Nancy hopes to help build the next generation of environmental stewards.
Development and Outreach Coordinator
Carolyn Dunn is Friends of Five Rivers Development and Outreach Coordinator, joining the team in June 2019. She brings over 20 years of administrative support including coordination for fundraising and development teams. Carolyn is dedicated to fundraising, communications and outreach coordination. Prior to joining FFR, Carolyn worked for nonprofits in California, Texas and Nebraska, and most recently working for UpValley Family Centers in Napa Valley, in California. Carolyn is excited to be working for an organization that provides environmental education to children and adults in the greater Capital Region.
“The sooner you plant the seed, the better chance you have of reaping a long and lasting rewards.”
Nancy M Payne, Environmental Educator for Friends of Five Rivers has made a career of leading children to learning. With her three degrees in Elementary Education, including a Masters’ Degree from Russell Sage, Nancy has taught in a Special Education classroom, 2nd though 5th grade classrooms and here at Five Rivers. Besides teaching all the Center’s lessons, (she has contributed to the creation of all of them), Nancy now specializes in creating and running programing for our youngest visitors and their parents. In the 1980’s Nancy began summer programs for this group. Those programs now also run November through February.
“Parents are their Children’s 1st and most important teachers. By offering programs that honor and promote that roll, we are fostering the development of future adults who will enjoy, value and protect the environment.”