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NASA Education Program - Informal Education
August 28, 2014

NASA Informal Education seeks to enhance the capabilities of individuals and the informal education communities. It provides access to NASA staff, research, technology, information and facilities; offers professional development opportunities for informal science educators; and facilitates collaborative partnerships between the informal and formal education communities. The informal education communities include but are not limited to amateur astronomy groups, after-school programs, libraries, museums, science centers, planetariums, zoos, aquaria and community groups.

NASA's Informal Education activities on and off NASA facilities also provide stimulating experiences for science, technology, engineering and mathematics learning. These experiences are offered to individuals of all ages who seek knowledge about NASA or to enrich their lives outside the directed learning of a classroom.

For more information about opportunities in informal education, please contact the NASA Informal Education leader listed below who works at a NASA center close to where you live or work. States, regions, territories or counties that each center often serves are listed below to help you make a connection, or simply contact the NASA center of your choice.

Office of Education
Ms. Mary F. Sladek, MGA
Outcome Manager for Informal Education
Mail Code NE020
NASA Headquarters
Washington, DC 20546-0001
Phone: 202-358-0861
Fax: 202-358-7097
Email: Mary.F.Sladek@nasa.gov

Note: if you are looking to make a general inquiry to NASA please follow the instructions within the Ask NASA section.

Alaska, Northern California (southern-most counties of Inyo, Kings, Monterey, Tulare), Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming

Mr. Brenden Sanborn
Informal Education Program Manager
Office of Education and Public Engagement
NASA Ames Research Center
Moffett Field, CA 94035-1000
Phone: 650-604-6662
Fax: 650-604-0978
Email: Brenden.Sanborn@nasa.gov

Ms. Cara E. Dodge
Informal Education Deputy Program Manager
NASA Ames Research Center
Moffett Field, CA 94035
Phone: 650-604-4758
Email: Cara.Dodge@nasa.gov


Ms. Anita Sohus
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
4800 Oak Grove Drive
Pasadena,CA 91109-8099
Phone: 818-354-6613
Fax: 818-393-4977
Email: Anita.M.Sohus@jpl.nasa.gov

California (Arizona, Southern California (northern-most counties of Kern, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo)

Ms. Kirsten Fogg
​Lead, Informal Education
NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center
P.O. Box 273, 4800 Lilly Drive
M/S: AERO / Palmdale
Edwards, CA 93523-0273
Phone: 661-276-2335
Fax: 661-265-9548
E-mail: kirsten.m.fogg@nasa.gov

Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin

Ms. Stephanie Brown-Houston
Education Program Specialist
Office of Education
NASA Glenn Research Center
21000 Brookpark Road
Cleveland, OH 44135
Phone: 216-433-8006
Fax: 216-433-3344
Email: sdbrown-houston@nasa.gov

Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachussetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennslyvania, Rhode Island, Vermont

Dr. Trena Ferrell
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
8800 Greenbelt Road
Code 160.0
Greenbelt, MD 20771 -0001
Phone: 301-286-4495
Fax: 301-286-1655
Email: Trena.M.Ferrell@nasa.gov

Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas

Mrs. Ashlé Harris
Lead, Informal Education
NASA Johnson Space Center
Office of Education
2101 NASA Parkway
Houston, TX 77058
Phone: 281-792-7457
Fax: 281-483-4354
Email: Ashle.S.Harris@nasa.gov

Florida, Georgia, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

Ms. Cheryl Johnson
Program Specialist
NASA Kennedy Space Center
Mail Code XA-D1
Kennedy Space Center, FL 32899
Phone: 321-867-4602
Fax: 321-867-2094
Email: Cheryl.M.Johnson@nasa.gov

Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia

Education Director, Office of Education
Mrs. Janet E. Sellars
Office of Human Capital Management
Mail Stop 400
Langley Research Center
Hampton, VA 23681-2199
Phone: 757-864-9321
Fax: 757-864-8835
E-mail: Janet.E.Sellars@nasa.gov

Virginia and Maryland's Eastern Shores

Wallops Flight Facility Education Team Contact
Ms. Linda A. Sherman
Education Specialist
Wallops Flight Facility
Wallops Island, VA 23337
Phone: 757-824-2634
Email: Linda.A.Sherman@nasa.gov

Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Missouri, Tennessee

Ms. Tammy B. Rowan
Manager, Academic Affairs Office
NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
Mail Code HS30
Huntsville, AL 35812
Phone: 256-961-0954
Fax: 256-544-7968
Email: Tammy.Rowan@nasa.gov

Louisiana, Mississippi

Ms. Joy Smith
Informal Education Officer
NASA Stennis Space Center
Stennis Space Center, MS 39529
Phone: 228-688-2118
Fax: 228-688-6236
Email: Joy.L.Smith@nasa.gov

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