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Rachael Rost is the Education Specialist at the Topeka Zoo and Conservation Center in Kansas, where she has worked for six years. In this time, Rachael has taught nearly 2,000 environmental education classes to more than 100,000 people. Her mission is to increase environmental literacy within her community, which she achieves through hands-on citizen science, live animal interactions, and inquiry-based learning. Rachael was selected as a 2017 Grosvenor Teacher Fellow with National Geographic and Lindblad Expeditions. She continues her work with National Geographic by serving on their Kansas Advisory Council and is a facilitator for their Educator Certification Program. In 2018, Rachael was named a top 30 Under 30 environmental educator with the North American Association for Environmental Education and was also chosen as an “AZA Hero” with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Rachael graduated from Miami University of Ohio with a master’s degree in biology. She just completed her goal of visiting all seven continents before turning thirty!