About Us

 Welcome to the LEINWC

Board of Directors

Chair: Kristin Stanford

Secretary: Peggy Leopold

Treasurer: Kit Knaser


Lisa Brohl

Kate Ptak

Susan Byrnes

Marsha Collett

Sue Bixler                                                                                                                     

IMG_0821Education Director- Jackie Taylor                                                                         Jackie Taylor is from Monclova, Ohio she has lived on the islands since 2012 working for OSU’s Stone Laboratory and the Lake Erie Islands Nature & Wildlife Center. Her education is in Ecotourism and Adventure Travel with a focus in Environmental Education from Hocking College.  She has worked with various nonprofit organizations as an Ecotourist Environmental Leader, teaching environmental education to youths and adults. She has experienced Oregon working for the Youth Conservation Corps where she had an initiative in creating an integrated trail system through eastern Oregon as well as educating the local youth population in environmental stewardship. She enjoys kayaking and has guided in the State of Washington on the Puget Sound, Big Pine Key Kayak Adventures in the Florida Keys, the Lake Erie Islands, She taught Ecology at Peconic Dunes County Park on Long Island, New York for Cornell University and partnered with the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) monitoring the box turtle populations in the County Park.  With these experiences, she made a decision to stay on South Bass Island and have since been working at the Lake Erie Islands Nature and Wildlife Center (LEINWC) as the Education Director. The larger projects Jackie has been organizing are the interpretive and out-reach programs at LEINWC, Directing Put-in-Bay Nature Camps, a variety of programs for visitors such as our popular Wild Tuesday’s, monarch butterfly tagging (8 have been recovered in Mexico!), and many events that have helped the Wildlife Center continue to grow.

Picture2Center Manager- Renee Market               Renee Market has an education in Natural Resources from Hocking College and has always had a passion for the outdoors. She started her growing career with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources at East Harbor State Park, Middle Bass State Park and South Bass State Park. She then worked for OSU’s Stone Laboratory before accepting a position with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection as a Park Services Specialist. She has a passion for reptiles and is usually seen handling different species for nature programs. Originally from Toledo, Ohio Renee has spent most of her life on Lake Erie. She enjoys fishing, painting, birding, and kayaking. She volunteers for several different organizations including the Susan G. Komen Foundation, The Cherry Street Mission and S.A.F.E Animal Shelters. Since 2015 she has been working in St.  Augustine Florida, enhancing and creating nature programs for Anastasia State Park. She has worked with the National Aquarium of Baltimore, The Pittsburg Zoo and The St. Augustine Alligator Farm and Zoological Park to rehabilitate and release sea turtles, dolphins, sharks, and alligators. She loved Florida and the experiences she had but is excited to call Ohio and Lake Erie home once again. She will be working at the Lake Erie Island Nature and Wildlife Center (LEINWC) as a manager and is excited to be a part of a team that shares her passion for education and conservation.





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The mission of the Lake Erie Islands Nature and Wildlife Center is to promote conservation and education of the flora, fauna, and lands of the Lake Erie Islands ecosystem.