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Mary Kunst – Environmental Educator

Contact: mkunst@inlandbays.org| (302) 226-8105 ext. 714

Mary Kunst joined the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays as an Environmental Educator in July 2021 after retiring as a fourth-grade teacher in Maryland. Mary’s primary responsibility at the Center is to lead and develop educational programs for the general public and school students/teachers within Sussex County.

During her 20 years as an educator, Mary developed and implemented environmental science programs for elementary-aged students with a focus on ecosystems and the importance of estuarial watersheds. Collaborating with several groups, such as the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the Audubon Society of Maryland, and the Maryland Association of Outdoor and Environmental Education, Mary worked with hundreds of students to increase their awareness and understanding about the importance of our local watersheds, the challenges facing their viability, and how we as citizens can work together to protect, preserve, and restore them. 

Mary is a proud Blue Hen and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Delaware. She received her Master’s degree in Education from Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia. In her free time, Mary enjoys traveling with her husband, working in her garden, hiking, walking her dog amongst the many beautiful trails in southern Delaware, and spending time with her two grown children.