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Earth Optimism Webinar: Bay-Wise Gardening for the Environment


Jun 16, 2020 06:41 PM

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Cyrena Simons
University of Maryland Extension Master Gardener
When Cyrena Simons retired in 2013, she wanted to study the environment. Cyrena had worked at the National Institutes of Health for 30 years translating between scientists, architects and engineers to plan and manage NIH’s research space, combining her knowledge of biochemistry (M.S. from MIT) and of design as a kitchen designer. When she retired, she began volunteering with the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) to learn the science of the environment. She helped revive SERC’s public evening lecture program and is now a docent, giving tours of SERC and once more translating science for non-scientists. She also volunteers in the labs as part of SERC's citizen science program. In 2013 Cyrena became a Master Gardener after studying with the University of Maryland's Anne Arundel County Extension Service. She focused on their Bay-Wise program, and now frequently gives talks to other gardening enthusiasts looking for practical, sustainable knowledge.