Bradenton's Dana Pounds named Conservation Educator of the Year


NAPLES -- West Bradenton's Dana Pounds, founder of Nature's Academy, has been honored as the Conservation Educator of the Year by the Florida Wildlife Federation.

Pounds, a marine biologist, was recognized during a banquet June 21 at the Naples Hilton by the organization, which is an affiliate of the National Wildlife Federation.

In 2007, Pounds started Nature's Academy, which schedules fields trips into the great outdoors where she and her staff teach Manatee County youngsters about science. Pounds was diagnosed with desmoid cancer 13 years ago and needed a life-saving leg amputation. She is an avid runner and recently participated in the Robinson Preserve Twilight 5K in Bradenton.

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