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Montgomery County Nature Centers

The Montgomery County, Maryland, Department of Parks operates five nature education facilities. In 2019, they sought outside help to evaluate their network to determine “where new nature centers or renovations...

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Pickering Creek Audubon Center

Pickering Creek Audubon Center on the Eastern Shore of Chesapeake Bay had a fairly recent master site plan that called for developing new buildings and other site features. During my...

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Baltimore Woods Nature Center

This nonprofit nature center outside of Syracuse had a long history of success and sought to build on it through a new strategic plan. My role was to gather essential...

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Bloomfield Hills School District

The Bloomfield Hills School District had a unique challenge. It is the only school district in the U.S. to operate both an educational farm and a nature center. The Charles...

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David Catlin Consulting LLC completed a market analysis for the Beaver Meadow Audubon Center, run by the Buffalo Audubon Society in New York.

Beaver Meadow Audubon Center

Awarded a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to develop new exhibits, the Buffalo Audubon Society (which operates Beaver Meadow) wanted to identify a theme and sub-themes...

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David Catlin Consulting LLC completed an interpretive plan and building analysis for the Effie Yeaw Nature Center, which is run by the American River Natural History Association.

Effie Yeaw Nature Center

"Our nature center needed an interpretive plan and we hired David Catlin to work with us. His extensive experience in all aspects of the nature center business made a difference...

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David Catlin Consulting LLC completed a business plan for training services for the Natural Start Alliance, a project of the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE).

Natural Start Alliance

The Natural Start Alliance, a project of the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE), is a coalition of educators, parents, organizations, and others who want to help young children...

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David Catlin facilitated strategic planning and business plan development for Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center near Lincoln, Nebraska.

Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center

Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center had been open for eight years. The Center’s leadership determined it was time to revisit the original business plan, checking its assumptions, evaluating its achievements,...

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New nature center planning, including business plans, is part of what we do at David Catlin Consulting LLC.

Pascagoula River Audubon Center

The Pascagoula River Audubon Center was faced with a significant challenge. In the midst of planning a new nature center building, they lost their property lease and were faced with...

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David Catlin Consulting LLC consulting with Grass River Natural Area in Bellaire, Michigan.

Grass River Natural Area

Grass River Natural Area Inc. is a non-profit conservation and education organization that relies on a close working partnership with county government, which owns the 1,443-acre site and the nature...

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Cibolo Nature Center

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Jane Morgan Nature Preschool at Blueberry Hill (Kennebunkport, Maine), completed a resource assessment and “Summary of Findings” report preparatory to a business plan for a new nature-based preschool Cibolo Nature...

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