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Outdoor educator Lee Yeash joins NJ Conservation Foundation board


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Lee Yeash with Apollo, a turkey vulture used for education programs
FAR HILLS - Lee Yeash of Lumberton, Burlington County, an environmental educator and "self-taught conservationist," has been elected to the Board of Trustees of the nonprofit New Jersey Conservation Foundation.

"We're excited to welcome Lee to the Board of Trustees," said Ken Klipstein, board president. "With her knowledge of the Pine Barrens and passion for protecting the environment, she'll be a tremendous asset to our work preserving and stewarding land throughout the state."

An avid hiker, kayak paddler and camper, Yeash works as a naturalist and educator at the Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge and Hospital in Medford, teaching about the native plants and animals of the Pine Barrens.

Yeash became interested in the natural world and how it works while raising her four children, now in their 20s. She began learning all she could about the plants and animals around her.

"I learned how important it is to stop and pay attention to the little things in life, because they can be very fascinating," she said. "That is what got me into environmental activism, seeing how all the little things like insects, plants and water affect the larger pieces of the natural puzzle."

A former registered nurse and preschool teacher, Yeash began volunteering six years ago to help sick and injured animals at the Cedar Ridge Wildlife Refuge's hospital. "About 4,600 animals come through the hospital each year, and our goal is to rehabilitate and release them whenever possible," she explained.

Her volunteer work led to a paid position at the refuge, leading educational programs for all ages. The refuge has several animal "ambassadors" - including a peregrine falcon, a red-tailed hawk, two great horned owls, a barn owl, a screech owl, a fish crow and a turkey vulture - used for environmental programs.

"People need the experience of seeing these animals," she commented. "We find that there are a lot of kids who are terrified of being outside because they're afraid animals will attack them and insects will bite them. Schools are cutting out recess, so these kids have minimal exposure to the outdoors."

When she's not teaching at the wildlife refuge, Yeash enjoys hiking with her husband, John, and their black lab at New Jersey Conservation Foundation's preserves, especially the Franklin Parker Preserve and Michael Huber Prairie Warbler Preserve, both in the Pine Barrens of Burlington County.

Yeash's love of hiking also led her to volunteer with the Pinelands Preservation Alliance to clean up trash and litter in Pine Barrens forests, and work to put a stop to illegal off-road vehicle use. She's optimistic that education will be the key to reducing dumping and ORV damage in the Pine Barrens.

"It's not something that will happen overnight, but I think it will happen," Yeash said. "I think we're on the right trail."

New Jersey Conservation Foundation is a private nonprofit that preserves land and natural resources throughout New Jersey for the benefit of all. Since 1960, New Jersey Conservation has protected 125,000 acres of open space - from the Highlands to the Pine Barrens to the Delaware Bayshore, from farms to forests to urban and suburban parks. For more information about the Foundation's programs and preserves, go to or call 1-888-LAND-SAVE (1-888-526-3728).

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