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K. Joy Karnas appointed to the Pocono Environmental Education Center Board of Trustees

K. Joy Karnas, Ph.D. has been appointed to the Board of Trustees for the Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC). PEEC is the education partner of the National Park Service in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. As one of the most recognized residential environmental education centers in the northeastern United States, PEEC advances the goals of sustainable living and appreciation for nature through a variety of academic and family programs.

K. Joy Karnas

Karnas first connected with PEEC in 2007 when she took Cedar Crest students to use their facility for a one week summer camp on ways to teach science. Since then, Karnas said that she’s tried to reconnect with the organization as science education is very important to her.

The opportunity came for Karnas to get involved once again when working with PEEC to organize The Sci-Q Project, a week-long summer camp in August 2013 designed for high school students interested in the sciences. Several Cedar Crest faculty and colleagues from other regional colleges participated, and the inaugural camp was hailed as a huge success.

“It’s a really great facility,” she said. “They have a lot of school groups that visit for intensive and often overnight programs. Their executive director, Jeff Rosalsky, is highly engaged in the organization, too. He just has that contagious energy that makes you want to be involved.”

Karnas was appointed to the Board of Trustees in October.