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Please note: this event has passed. The agenda from the 2020 Academy below is for reference only.
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Shelly Plante

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Shelly is the Nature Tourism Manager for Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, working in the Marketing Group. She believes community-based conservation, education and partnerships are critical to the future of our natural resources, and works throughout Texas to connect people to the outdoors through birding, paddling, and other forms of nature tourism. Shelly has coordinated the annual Great Texas Birding Classic for more than 20 years, and she coordinates and helped develop the statewide Texas Paddling Trails Program. She markets and promotes state parks and works with private landowners and communities on nature tourism development. Shelly also became an adjunct professor and lecturer at Texas State University in 2013, teaching Planning and Development of Nature and Heritage Tourism. She holds a Master of Applied Geography with a focus on Nature and Heritage Tourism from Texas State University and a Bachelor of Art in Plan II/Geography from the University of Texas-Austin.