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Anita Sanchez


Born in Boston, MA, Anita grew up in upstate New York, where she spent her childhood playing on the suburban lawns of an apartment complex. In 1977, Anita graduated from Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Ecology/Conservation, an area of study that had just been added to the college's curriculum in the wake of the first Earth Day in 1970. A teenage summer job at a nature center was the beginning of a thirty-year career in environmental education. She has been employed by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation ever since, working at three different nature centers in upstate New York. Since 1984, she has been the Senior Environmental Educator at the Five Rivers Environmental Education Center in Albany. She lives in Amsterdam, NY, with her husband, George Steele, and their two sons, Alex and Timothy.