Bill Portlock

Senior Educator

Bill PortlockTenure at CBF: 1981-present

Bill joined CBF asVirginia Field Directorand began CBF's systemic education efforts in the Commonwealth. Through his appointment by the Governor to the Virginia Environmental Education Commission, he has turned good environmental education practices into public policy and has been leading by example ever since conducting field investigations for students and teachers.

Current Responsibilities:

  • Leading professional learning and graduate classes for teachers and school administrators in Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania.
  • Developing and nurturing institutional partnerships with colleges, universities, state and federal agencies along with other community science and environmental education providers.
  • Monitoring Virginia's rivers and the Bay as a water quality and living resources specialist.
  • Documenting the Bay and rivers photographically. His photographs are regularly used in CBF publications as well as books, journals, and popular magazines.

Prior Experience and Awards:

  • State Park Naturalist & Curator, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation  
  • State and national awards received for his multi-day teacher professional learning courses, including:
    • National Environmental Education Merit Award from the Soil and Water Conservation Society and the United States Environmental Protection Agency
    • Thomas Jefferson Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Natural Science Education from the Virginia Museum of Natural History, in association with the Smithsonian Institution  (2005)

Quote:  "I try to capture that critical moment in animals' lives without intruding on them…to capture that and share it with people and get them to go experience it for themselves. Then, armed with greater knowledge and appreciation for the natural world, they will become better stewards of the Earth. "


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