Theodora Long

Title: Executive Director
Company: Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature Center
Location: Key Biscayne, Florida, United States

Theodora Long, Executive Director of Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature Center, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in environmental education.

Ms. Long became involved in her profession because she was a friend of Marjory Stoneman Douglas’ in Miami as she was trying to stop some developers from clearing some land next to the little school that her oldest son was attending. Ms. Douglas came to the school and asked the mothers for their help. When Ms. Stoneman Douglas set up the nature center, Ms. Long signed on board as a volunteer at first. After several years, she became the executive director and continues to passionately work on raising awareness and educating the community on the ecosystem. In addition to running the center, Ms. Long fundraises to support its causes. It was Ms. Stoneman Douglas’ wish for children to experience the land and to learn what is in their backyard and Ms. Long continues this legacy in her work.

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature Center has 165 acres of land called the Bear Cut Preserve. Up to 200 students per day visit the center and experience nature firsthand. In this hands-on educational experience, students learn from naturalists and marine biologists. It was always Ms. Long’s wish to be a museum curator in her life. She originally earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Finch College, but turned her attention to the environment due to her love of the outdoors. In her line of work, Ms. Long has received an Outstanding Young Women of America Award in 1986, and an accolade from Miami Dade County in 2006. In five years, she sees herself as being the director emerita for the center while continuing to support its growth.

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