Meet Our Educators

Meet Our Educators

Shareen Knowlton, Director of Education

What I Do at the Zoo
As the Director of Education at the Zoo I oversee an amazing team; my department develops and facilitates the Zoo’s school, family, public, interpretive, and volunteer programming.  I got my start in conservation education at Roger Williams Park Zoo in 1997.  After holding various positions at the Zoo, including instructor, theater and volunteer programs coordinator, and special events manager, I left to manage the public programs at Zoo Atlanta.  While at Zoo Atlanta, I developed a cross-department process for interpretive planning, and gained experience with exhibit development.  I have also served as the Director of Education at the New England Botanical Gardens.  I returned to Roger Williams Park Zoo in my current role in 2004.


Jennifer Karow, Manager of Family Programs

What I do at the Zoo
I oversee the Zoo’s  ZooCamp, Zoo Overnight, Travel with the Zoo, Roots & Shoots, Bug Club, Wild Art and scout programs.

What Motivates Me in My Work at the Zoo
It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the challenges our natural world is facing, but every day I am reminded of a very important reason to be hopeful – the children and families that support the zoo and participate in our programs. Every person that learns to love a snake, decides to recycle or develops a greater love and respect of animals because of a visit to the zoo motivates me in every way!


Andrea Stein, Manager of School Programs

What I Do at the Zoo
As a Program Instructor, I am responsible for teaching our school programs both on zoo grounds and off zoo grounds. I am also the coordinator for a humane education program for Providence middle school students called Pets and Vets and work with our Roots and Shoots Club.


Christopher Hitchener, “Our Big Backyard” Children’s Zoo Program Manager

What I Do at the Zoo
- Working on the program development of the new “Our Big Backyard” children’s exhibit
- Coordinating our Karner Blue Butterfly volunteer breeding program from 2007 – present
- Working with our education animal collection
- Working closely with our conservation department
- Partnering with organizations like Polar Bears International, Roots and Shoots, RIEEA, RIAEYC, Children’s Friend, OSEEC AmeriCorp, NH Fish and Game, RIDEM, Audubon Society of RI, Save the Bay, Norman Bird Sanctuary, and much more!

The Zoo also works with AmeriCorps!
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