Afterschool and Environmental Education


Genco Honored For Linking Afterschool and Environmental Education

NJSACC Executive Director Diane Genco was Awarded NJ Audubon’s Patricia F. Kane “Excellence in Environmental Education” at the organization’s annual dinner on October 23, 2009 in Cape May, NJ..

Genco was recognized for developing a statewide campaign to link environmental educators with afterschool programs.
The campaign, Celebrate Afterschool:  Outdoors in the Garden State launched in spring 2009 with nature festivals,
hands-on workshops, and community events that inspire learning, and connect children with their communities and
the natural world.

“Afterschool programs have a unique opportunity,” says Diane Genco, executive director of NJSACC the network
for New Jersey’s afterschool communities, which organized the event. “Afterschool programs can work with children in creative ways that aren’t bound by high stakes testing goals or by 45 minute blocks of time.”

The award is given annually to an individual/team that demonstrates outstanding effort/dedication in connecting people to the natural world through formal and informal education.


NJSACC, the Network for New Jersey’s Afterschool Communities offers technical assistance, training, and support to help New Jersey’s afterschool communities thrive. The organization builds public awareness and support; offers guidance for parents, providers and advocates; strengthens relationships with policymakers, funders, practitioners and parents; and shares best practices.  Founded in 1982, NJSACC works locally and statewide. For more information, see

About the New Jersey Audubon Society

The New Jersey Audubon Society is a privately supported, not-for profit, statewide membership organization. Founded in 1897, and one of the oldest independent Audubon societies, New Jersey Audubon has no connection with the National Audubon Society.

New Jersey Audubon fosters environmental awareness and a conservation ethic among New Jersey’s citizens; protects New Jersey’s birds, mammals, other animals, and plants, especially endangered and threatened species; and promotes preservation of New Jersey’s valuable natural habitats. To learn more about NJ Audubon   CLICK HERE

Dale Rosselet,Vice President for Education , NJ Audubon and Diane Genco, NJSACC

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