Mandy Nix

500 500 Stroud Water Research Center
Photo of Mandy Nix holding a fish

Watershed Education Specialist

Education Department

tel. 610-268-2153, ext. 1311
970 Spencer Road, Avondale, PA 19311

Interests and Expertise

Mandy Nix is an ecologist and educator with a lifelong love of freshwater systems. Having grown up on lakes and rivers in North Carolina, she cares deeply about forging lasting connections between citizens and their backyard water resources. Her own experiences in hands-on, minds-on environmental education have taken her from the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina to the salmon streams of Kodiak Island to the Potomac headwaters of West Virginia, where she explored how personal relationships with nature are the building blocks for freshwater science and stewardship. Nix’s vices include splashing through creeks, fruit-and-cheese pastries, and hoarding found treasures like a five-foot caddisfly.


B.S., environmental studies: ecology and environmental biology, University of North Carolina, Asheville, North Carolina.


  • Certified interpretive guide
  • North Carolina environmental educator
  • Leave No Trace trainer

Professional Experience

  • Watershed education specialist, Stroud Water Research Center, 2018–present.
  • West Virginia volunteer restoration and monitoring organizer, Trout Unlimited and Appalachian Forest Heritage Area AmeriCorps, Davis, West Virginia, 2017–2018.
  • Nature Explorers Camp educator, North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 2017.
  • Environmental education instructor, Mountain Trail Outdoor School, Hendersonville, North Carolina, 2017.
  • Education intern, The Duke Lemur Center, Durham, North Carolina, 2015.
  • Environmental education instructor, Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge, Kodiak Island, Alaska, 2014.
  • Museum host, Marbles Kids Museum, Raleigh, North Carolina, 2013.

Related News

ScoutReach Day Camp Empowers Young Stewards for Stronger Communities

Nearly 70 male and female Cub Scouts ages 5-11 experienced hands-on, minds-on learning stations and Q&A sessions with real water science professionals.

Creating Model Stewards by Modeling Watersheds

The true power of Model My Watershed is in the lasting lessons of action-based stewardship that follow students into the field.

Scouts Get Their Boots Wet for Science and Stewardship

Our badge program for Cub Scouts invites young minds to explore the scientific method and exercise their most powerful scientific tools: their senses.

Meet Mandy Nix: New Watershed Education Specialist

Her personal mission is to foster hands-on freshwater science education that teaches us about ourselves as well as our backyard water resources.

Training the Teachers of Today to Educate the Stewards of Tomorrow

The outdoors were the setting for a boots-in-the-water workshop to advance professional development for non-formal educators and classroom teachers alike.