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WHEELING, WV -

Oglebay Institute president Kathleen McDermott has announced the appointment of Alice Eastman as director of the Schrader Environmental Education Center, one of six facilities operated by the regional arts, nature and cultural organization located in Wheeling.

Schrader is a regional showcase for green architecture and environmental awareness. Its mission is to create opportunities to celebrate and study the natural world by providing hands-on instruction through classes, school programs, camping experiences, interpretive exhibits and public events throughout the year.

Facilities at the Schrader include the A.B. Brooks Discovery Trail System, the Children's Awareness Area, the EarthTrek Exhibit Hall and the Nutting Bird Café.

Eastman, an Illinois native, began her employment at Oglebay in February. She has more than 20 years of experience in environmental education and nonprofit management, including a record of program and curriculum development, nature center facility management, natural resource and land management and exhibit design, construction and interpretation. 

Eastman was most recently employed at Sandhills Area Land Trust in Fayetteville, N.C.

Prior to joining Sandhills, she served as superintendent of natural resources for the Bolingbrook Park District in her home state, where she managed assets and day-to-day operations of the natural resources department including the Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Seedlings Nature Preschool and the district's 410 acres of natural resources. 

Prior to that, she held positions at Downers Grove Park District and Wheaton Park District, both in Illinois, where she directed programming aspects including marketing, budgeting, fundraising and facility operation and gained extensive experience in curriculum development for all ages, including school and youth group programs, summer camps and interpretive, hands-on activities for the general public.

Eastman holds a degree from Eastern Illinois University and is an accredited professional in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design from the Green Buildings Certification Institute.

Certified as a Park and Recreational Professional by the National Parks and Recreation Association, she has served as an instructor and a member of the planning team for the National Recreation and Parks Association Green School. She is a member of the Association of Nature Center Administrators and the National Association for Interpretation.

Oglebay is West Virginia's oldest arts, culture and environmental education organization. Besides the Schrader, the other Oglebay facilities include the Mansion and Glass Museums, also at Oglebay; the Stifel Fine Arts Center and the School of Dance, 1330 National Road; and the Towngate Theatre and Cinema, 2118 Market St.