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Cindy J. Fitzwilliams-Heck

Cindy J. Fitzwilliams-Heck

Adjunct Instructor Level 2
Biological Sciences
Phone: (231) 591-5843
Email: [email protected]


  • PhD, Walden University, Education, (Environmental Adult Education Leadership)
  • MA, Central Michigan University, Biology
  • BS, Ferris State University, Biology Education


Teaching about connections in nature and natural resources conservation is my passion. I enjoy learning about current environmental topics and thinking about best practices of how to convey this information in the classroom effectively.

I have nearly 20 years of experience teaching biology in higher education. I work extensively with a nonprofit environmental and outdoor education organization (, our state’s natural resources agency in its education and outreach (, and the local watershed council (

My research interests include experiential, place-based approaches to teaching and learning watershed social-ecological concepts for increasing awareness about natural resources, and sustainability and stewardship practices.

In my spare time, I enjoy hanging out with my family, experiencing the outdoors, or just simply trying to live fully in the moment.


  • Poster
    Fitzwilliams-Heck, C. J., "Exploration and Implications of Environmental Adult Education Participant Experiences," (October 2019).
  • Certification
    Fitzwilliams-Heck, C. J., Workshop, "Introduction to Michigan’s Environmental Educator Certification," (2016).
  • Presentation
    Fitzwilliams-Heck, C. J., Workshop, "Environmental Educator Certification Workshop," (July 2016).
  • Presentation
    Fitzwilliams-Heck, C. J., "Engaging Methods for Evaluating Programs," (2014).
  • Presentation
    Fitzwilliams-Heck, C. J., "Making Learning Real: How to Plan a Meaningful Project for Students using STrEaMs," MAEOE, (2014).
  • Presentation
    Fitzwilliams-Heck, C. J., "Place-Based Watershed Education Projects," (2014).
  • Presentation
    Fitzwilliams-Heck, C. J., "Understanding the Shoreline," MCNALMS, (2012).
  • Presentation
    Fitzwilliams-Heck, C. J., "Understanding the Shoreline," (Michigan Chapter, North American Lake Management Society, (2012).
  • Presentation
    Fitzwilliams-Heck, C. J., "Healthy Lake Ecosystems," (2012).
  • Presentation
    Fitzwilliams-Heck, C. J., "Planning a Natural Shoreline Landscape," MCNALMS, (2012).