Ruth Mead has been instrumental in developing and implementing environmental programs at Phinizy Swamp Nature Park since she started as a volunteer in the fall of 2000 and was hired as an Environmental Educator in January 2001. She has been a Georgia Adopt-a-Stream (AAS) trainer since 2004 and currently serves on the GA AAS Advisory Board. Ruth is a Georgia Master Naturalist Coordinator and facilitates Phinizy’s annual Georgia Master Naturalist Certification course. She also facilitates other life-long learning courses including Field Ornithology and Forest Communities. Ruth is a curriculum facilitator for Project WET, WOW! The Wonders of Wetlands, and Healthy Water Healthy People. Prior to discovering Phinizy Swamp, Ruth received her Bachelor of Science in Forestry from North Carolina State University and worked in forest management for 10 years.