Fernbank Science Center Faculty

tneal Trecia Neal

156 Heaton Park Drive
Atlanta, GA 30307
FAX  678-874-7110

Trecia has been a biologist at Fernbank Science Center in Atlanta since 1990.  Before that, she taught high school biology for three years at Cedar Grove High School in DeKalb County School System.  Trecia’s areas of expertise are ornithology, environmental education, and establishing outdoor classrooms and gardens at schools.  For the last eight years, she has been teaching students and teachers about the wonders of monarchs by teaching Professional Development courses in Michoacán, Mexico to study the biology and ecology of the Monarch butterfly in its overwintering habitat.  “Needless to say, it is one of the highlights of my year, and I feel that helping teachers incorporate monarchs into their curriculum is a very important part of what my mission is as a teacher and a scientist,” she says. Since returning from Mexico the first year, Trecia has been busy spreading the word about monarchs across the state. Trecia has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in biology with an emphasis in animal behavior and science education.

Trecia is also responsible for organizing the School Master Gardener program that has trained over 165 Master Gardeners from 42 different schools across DeKalb County.  Since 2003 these participants have volunteered over 16,810 hours at their local schoolhouses working with over 31,842 students.  Numerous Junior Master Gardener Clubs have been formed in the local schoolhouses and the program was awarded the Outstanding Volunteer Service in Environmental Education Award from EEA in 2007.  This program has also brought in over $63,461 in grant money at the local schools just since 2008.  There is a wonderful team of instructors at Fernbank that are responsible for teaching this course.  Please see Doug Hamby, David Collins, Stacy Byrd and Al Tate if you need help or visit the website http://fsc.fernbank.edu/mastergardener.htm for more information.