Young Naturalist Guest Director Named

2017 BAMW Young Naturalist Guest Director Meredith Fitzpatrick, shown with her favorite hiking buddies. (Photo courtesy Meredith Fitzpatrick)

Birmingham Audubon is pleased to announce that Meredith Fitzpatrick has been named BAMW Young Naturalist Guest Director for 2017!

A Birmingham native, Meredith Fitzpatrick grew up immersed in the outdoors. Once in college, she parlayed her love of fresh air and nature into a place on the soccer team and a degree in Biology—while at Birmingham-Southern College, Meredith conducted a variety of research projects on topics including longleaf pine ecosystems (with Dr. Scot Duncan), red-backed salamander preferences (with Dr. Megan Gibbons), and coral reef ecology (with Dr. Andy Gannon). Her work with these outstanding mentors inspired her to pursue a Master of Arts in Education at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where she concentrated in biology instruction.

During graduate school, Meredith also pursued a career teaching seventh-grade Life Science, a position she’s held for the last thirteen years. Throughout, Meredith has organized and facilitated an annual “Science Day” for her seventh graders at Oak Mountain State Park, an event that provides opportunities to learn about field biology through activities like orienteering and ecological discovery. She has also taught and developed curriculum for twelfth-grade Environmental Science, and coached several basketball and volleyball teams.

Today, Meredith lives in northern Shelby County with husband Trey and their two daughters, Shannon and Avery.