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Wilton's Woodcock Nature Center Names New Executive Director

The Woodcock Nature Center in Wilton has selected Dr. Michael J. Rubbo, far right, as its new executive director.
The Woodcock Nature Center in Wilton has selected Dr. Michael J. Rubbo, far right, as its new executive director. Photo Credit: Teatown Lake Reservation

WILTON, Conn. — The Woodcock Nature Center in Wilton has selected Dr. Michael J. Rubbo as its new executive director. Rubbo replaces Karen Ogden who had been serving as interim executive director since last fall.

The selection was made after a national search.

“We are very pleased to announce this appointment. Mike brings a wealth of experience in education, deep knowledge of science and great enthusiasm to the role. We believe with his leadership and creativity, he can significantly enhance and bring to life our mission of ‘Raising healthy communities today for a healthy environment tomorrow,'" said Hiroko Muraki Gottlieb, president of the noard.

Rubbo most recently served as the Director of Conservation Science at Teatown Lake Reservation, an environmental education organization in Westchester County, N.Y., where he oversaw the management of Teatown’s 875-acre preserve and directed its scientific research program.

At Teatown, he directed the Environmental Leaders Learning Alliance, a coalition of over 100 town-appointed volunteers from over 30 municipalities. This program provided training and support to members so that they could help their communities consider natural resources when making land use decisions.

He received his doctorate in biology from Penn State University in 2004, his master's in biology from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2000 and his bachelor's from the SUNY-College of Environmental Science and Forestry in 1995.

As the executive director or Woodcock Nature Center, Rubbo will be responsible for overseeing strategic planning, programming, education, community outreach, grant writing and fundraising as well as oversight of the WNC facilities, activities and staff.

“I am thrilled to take on this new challenge and to become part of the amazing community here. Woodcock is a unique asset with a mission of environmental education at its heart. I look forward to expanding our programs and working with the residents of Ridgefield, Wilton and other surrounding communities to conserve the environment of Fairfield County," said Rubbo, who resides in Verbank, N.Y.

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