Protecting nature through research, education, and outreach

Lloyd Center Outreach Director

STANDARD TIMES – BUSINESS NEWSMAKERS – SEPTEMBER 9, 2012 (excerpt)

NEW OUTREACH DIRECTOR 

DARTMOUTH — The appointment of Elizabeth Moniz, Lloyd Center senior educator and naturalist, to the position of Director of Outreach, was announced by D’Arcy MacMahon, the Center’s executive director. Ms. Moniz will oversee the Lloyd Center’s provision of all outreach services to members of the public. 

As a key part of the Lloyd Center’s mission to instill a life-long respect for nature in citizens of all ages, advance an understanding of coastal ecosystems, and promote a legacy of natural diversity in coastal environments, the Center’s Outreach Department’s activities comprise a number of “member-only” and “public” services, including a variety of nature-related walks, talks, watches, prowls, an expanding number of kayak/canoe programs, oversight of the public’s use of the Center’s Hardscrabble Nature Preserve, and a continued responsibility for the maintenance of the Center’s live marine and reptile exhibits. 

Moniz, whose first role at the Center was as a volunteer, brings a wealth of experience to her new position. Following completion of her Lloyd Center internship in coastal field-studies, under the tutelage and guidance of former Education Director Tricia Sheppard, she joined the Center’s staff in 1998 as an instructor in environmental issues. 

Over the past several years, she has overseen the Center’s popular canoe and kayak program services and has headed the rapidly growing “Summer Adventures” program for children and young adults. 

She lives in Dartmouth and holds a bachelor’s degree in marine affairs from the University of Rhode Island, and serves as an active member of an ad hoc task force recently appointed by the Center’s Board of Directors to finalize plans for a key part of the Center’s main campus in the southern reaches of Dartmouth.