Our Mission

“To promote & implement excellence in natural resource, outdoor and environmental education for all Alaskans.”

ANROE collaborates with organizations, agencies, individuals & school districts to provide education resources, training, & networking opportunities about Alaska’s natural resources. Through its newsletter, mailing list & forums, ANROE members share information about environmental education tools, techniques, employment and professional development opportunities. We seek to implement the Alaska Natural Resource and Environmental Literacy Plan. ANROE is funded by memberships, sponsors and grants.



ANROE envisions a world in which…

  • Alaskans of all ages are environmentally literate, lifelong learners who embrace cultural diversity and ecological principles to sustain Earth and all life forces.
  • Individuals are linked with the tools to facilitate community-based environmental education programs and investigations of environmental issues.
  • Alaskans view environmental education not as a subject area, but as a community-based, hierarchical process of developing six elements: awareness, appreciation, attitudes, ecological understanding, skills, and active stewardship.
  • Educators, resources and organizations are linked in a way that builds trust and acknowledges diverse perspectives.


In 1984, a group of passionate, mostly part-time or underemployed environmental educators gathered after an Alaska Environmental Assembly meeting in Anchorage. They quickly recognized the need to organize to provide effective environmental education in Alaska.

The founding members developed by-laws and filed for incorporation as a nonprofit organization in 1985 and received approval from the State of Alaska in 1986. ANROE provided the first, and continues to be the only, organized statewide linkage between Alaska natural resource agencies and organizations developing education programs and materials and the teachers and “nonformal” educators who deliver the programs. In 1992, ANROE became the official state affiliate of the North American Association of Environmental Educators.

In 1998, ANROE received 501-c-3 nonprofit status from the Internal Revenue Service. The organization has had paid staff over the years, with the support of capacity-building grants. However, ANROE is primarily run by volunteers. Currently, ANROE is led by an all-volunteer Board of Directors and by committed members of the organization.

Board of Directors

ANROE is led by a board of directors, elected for 3-year terms. During the school year, monthly meetings are held via teleconference. One face-to-face meeting is held each year, usually in the fall.

Board members represent a broad range of professional and educational institutions and interests and provide ANROE with policy direction and guidance. Each board member serves on at least one committee. Committees are: Executive, Networking, Curriculum, Membership, and Training.

Board members support the organization’s mission “To promote & implement excellence in natural resource, outdoor and environmental education for all Alaskans.”


Marilyn Sigman


Marilyn currently serves as the statewide Marine Education Specialist for Alaska Sea Grant and as an Associate Professor in the UAF School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. She recently completed six years as the Program Manager for the Alaska Center for Ocean Science Education Excellence, working to link scientists, educators, and coastal communities in Alaska in outreach and education about ocean climate change and the blending of Alaska Native knowledge with western science. Marilyn has been the Executive Director of the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies in Homer and worked with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game as the Southeast Alaska regional non-game coordinator and the statewide coordinator of the Alaska Wildlife Week program and the development of the Alaska Wildlife Curriculum. She has extensive experience in science communication, outreach, and education as well as K-12 curriculum development and professional development for both formal and informal educators. She was an ANROE founder and is also a Trustee for the Alaska Conservation Foundation. Marilyn was the 2008 recipient of the Alaska Conservation Foundation Conservation Achievement Award for Excellence in Environmental Education.She enjoys creative writing, tidepooling, and hiking.



Beth Trowbridge


Elizabeth (Beth) Trowbridge is the Executive Director for the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies (CACS), a 501 (c) 3 non-profit environmental education organization located in Homer, Alaska.  Beth oversees all of the education programs conducted and developed by the CACS and was the primary author of three curricula developed by CACS, the Alaska CoastWatch Curriculum, the Sea Duck Activity Guide and the Endangered Species of Alaska Activity Guide. Prior to her work with CACS, she was the Education Coordinator for the Prince William Sound Science Center and in that capacity was the primary author of the Alaska Oil Spill Curriculum.  She contracts with the University of Alaska Sea Grant program to conduct teacher workshops for the Alaska Seas and Watersheds Curriculum.  She has her undergraduate degree from the University of Alaska Fairbanks where she also completed her Secondary Education Teaching Certification program.  She has over 25 years of experience in informal science education, curriculum development and conducting workshops.



Laurel Devaney

Laurel has held the position of Education Coordinator for the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Fairbanks Fish and Wildlife Field Office, since 1994. As part of this position, she has traveled extensively in rural Alaska and has many years’ experience cooperating with communities and educators to develop and present place-based, culturally relevant education materials and programs. Laurel helped to develop the Alaska Natural Resource and Environmental Literacy Plan—a statewide effort to increase environmental education in all our schools. She also coordinates a youth track at the Alaska Forum on the Environment to bring Alaskan youth to the annual event to learn and network together. Laurel is the recipient of Alaska Conservation Foundation 2015 Conservation Achievement Award for Excellence in Environmental Education. Laurel enjoys bicycling, bird watching, sea kayaking, and travel.



Meg Burgett

Board Member

A.S. (Meg) Burgett came to Alaska in 1985, “just for a few years”, and 30 years later is still here. Meg went to work for the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service in 1986 as an Integrated Pest Management technician and has been with CES for most of her career in Alaska. During that time, she has worked with a variety of natural resource programs, with many different ages and audiences, embracing the philosophy of her mentor that “if you give people good information, they make good decisions”.  Meg’s background is in Forest Management and she is currently the Project Learning Tree coordinator for Alaska, delivering high quality professional development training to Alaska’s educators using the forest as a window to the world, helping develop critical thinking skills in the next generation of Alaska leaders. A retired musher, Meg now spends her off time fishing, hunting and exploring Alaska with her husband and son, and anyone else she can talk into an adventure.


Mel Sikes

Board Member

Melissa grew up in northern Rhode Island, went to college at Unity College in Maine and got her Bachelors of Science in Outdoor Recreation in 1990. She has worked as a naturalist since graduating, starting out at residential environmental education centers in Rhode Island, New York, and California; then working for the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection running a teacher training program for 6 years, then at the Calgary Zoo in Alberta, Canada for 2 years, then as the Program Director at Friends of Creamer’s Field for 4 years. She now works at the Fairbanks Soil and Water Conservation District as the Natural Resource Education Specialist and has been there for 5 years.


Ann Mayo-Kiely

Board Member

The Program Director for Alaska Geographic, Ann has worked with outdoor education and public lands since the early 1990s, for National Forests, National Parks, universities, and nonprofits. From her first positions volunteering with trail crews and researchers to being an environmental educator in the Boundary Waters and the Wilderness Coordinator for Isle Royale National Park, Ann has loved connecting people with inspiring wild places. She has a Master of Science in Wilderness and Recreation Management from the University of Montana. Ann moved to Alaska in 2008 to launch youth engagement programs and partnerships for Alaska Geographic and since then has most loved exploring new places to camp, ski, paddle, hike and learn with with young Alaskans –and her own 3 young kids– across the state.


Lisa Matlock

Board Member


Since 2013 Lisa has worked as the Outreach Coordinator for the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council, based in Anchorage. She coordinates and facilitates all communication and interactions between the Council and its volunteers, member entities, communities throughout the Exxon Valdez oil spill region. She also leads the Council’s youth programs. Prior to joining the Council, Lisa led K-12 education programming for the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, Sitka National Historical Park, and Kenai Fjords National Park from 2000-2012 helping bring marine science, culture, and outdoor activities to urban and rural educators and youth all over coastal Alaska, from Sitka to the lower Kenai Peninsula and Kodiak, to the remote island communities along the Alaska Peninsula, the Aleutians and Pribilof Islands. She has also worked as a seasonal Park Ranger in several Alaska parks, taught as an adjunct instructor at UAA, and was an on-board naturalist for Cruise West in southeast Alaska. Lisa also enjoys hiking, fishing, boating, yardening, reading, and renovating houses.

In addition, the following educators serve as advisers to the ANROE Board of Directors:

  • Brenda Duty – Project WILD and Youth Education Coordinator for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s Wildlife Conservation Division and past ANROE board President
  • Robin Dublin– Executive Director of the Alaska Botanical Garden
  • Cathy Rezabeck–  Retired USFWS Regional Conservation Education Coordinator & currently ANROE Special Projects Manager.
  • Susan Rogers–  Retired Science Teacher & Former Statewide Project Learning Tree Coordinator
  • Kristen Romanoff– Statewide Wildlife Education & Outreach Coordinator, Alaska Department of Fish & Game
  • Peter Stortz– Retired Associate Professor, Extension 4-H Fisheries and Natural Resources Specialist, Alaska Cooperative Extension Service
  • Woody Woodgate– A Science & Technology Teacher with experience teaching in rural Alaska and with the Department of Education in Juneau