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Environmentalist educator

Nan Jenks-Jay, American environmentalist educator. Achievements include Founder NJJ regional land conservation organization, 1986; sustainable college strategic plan.


Jenks-Jay, Nan was born on December 2, 1951 in Savana, Illinois, United States. Daughter of Philip Armstrong and Ruth Louise Jenks.


Bachelor in Biology, Kent State University, Ohio, 1976. Master in Environmental studies, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, 1986.


Field researcher raptor breeding census Ohio Biological Survey, Columbus, 1974—1976. Director Nantucket Island tern management and piping plover protection program summers Trustees of Reservations, Beverly, Massachusetts, 1978—1985. Instructor environmental and life science department Berkshire Community College, Pittsfield, 1979—1981.

Associate director environmental studies Williams College, Williamstown, 1981—1994. Hedco endowed professor in environmental studies, director environmental studies University Redlands (California), 1994—1997. Director environmental affairs and senior lecturer Middlebury (Vermont) College, since 1997.

Board trustees The Nature Conservancy, Vermont Chapter, Montpelier, Vermont, since 1998, Shelborne Farms, ', since 1998. External review committee environmental studies program Middlebury (Vermont) College, 1988, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine, 1989, University Vermont, Burlington, 1996, Rowan University, Glassboro, New Jersey, 2001, Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon, 2001, University Alaska, Fairbanks, 2002. External review committee University Puget Sound, since 2004.

Roundtable to design sustainable science center for 2012 Project Kaleidoscope, Washington, 2003. Avian and wetland specialist, international countryside stewardship exchange team Countryside Institute, Glastonbury, England, 1993. Board trustees Shelburne (Vermont) Farms, since 1999.

Council of academy advisors for environmental program's study New England Board Higher Education, Boston, 1992—1994. Environmental graduate student fellowship award committee Robert Switzer Foundation, Concord, New Hampshire, 1988—1994.


  • Achievements include Founder NJJ regional land conservation organization, 1986. Sustainable college strategic plan.


  • Other Work

    • Member editorial advisory board Orion Nature Quarterly, 1990-1998, Association Environmental Professionals, 1994—2000, referee Journal Field Ornithology, 1990—2000. Contributor articles, chapters to books.


Committee member & chair ('83, '86) Williamstown Conservation Commission, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 1979—1986. Executive board member Massachusetts Department Environmental Management, Boston, 1986—1993, chair, 1989—1993. Advisory committee on natural resources and environment Senator Jane Swift, 1990—1994.

Advisory committee western Massachusetts Massachusetts Association of Conservation Communications, Amherst, 1988.


Married Carl E. Phelps, November 22, 2000. 1 child Jessica E. Jay.

Philip Armstrong

Ruth Louise Jenks

Carl E. Phelps

Jessica E. Jay Jenks-Jay