Honoree: Curt Abdouch
Honored by: Newport Sea Base
Cause Area: Youth Services
Curt has said that one of his favorite endeavors is his service to the Newport Sea Base for which he serves as the pro bono chair of the Program Subcommittee, one of the primary responsibilities of the Newport Sea Base Advisory Committee. His passion for education and the involvement of as many school age children as possible has helped to increase the attendance and participation of students in the Newport Sea Base programs. Curt Abdouch is a professional naturalist, environmental educator, design consultant and writer with nearly 50 years’ experience. He is President of juST-EAMagine, an educational services company that serves schools, school districts, wildlife conservation agencies, municipalities, libraries, museums, and other centers of learning. Prior to establishing juST-EAMagine, he was the Administrator of the world famous George C. Page Museum of La Brea Discoveries in Los Angeles, California. His professional career began in nature centers, one of which he founded and directed. He served on the editorial staff of Ranger Rick’s Nature Magazine while with the National Wildlife Federation in Washington, DC, where he ultimately served as NWF’s Director of Member Programs. He has successfully completed many wildlife conservation education and training assignments for governments in developing countries ranging from Egypt to Botswana and India to Malaysia. In 2015, he served as a guest educator in Istanbul, Turkey where he helped train teachers to teach gifted students there. His most recent international assignme
nt was in Qatar where he worked with specially-selected high school students before hosting them at UC Irvine for a summer science, technology, and engineering program. Mr. Abdouch has been recognized and has been presented awards for his achievements by local, state, and national wildlife, education, and editorial organizations. He has also been credited for the designation of two National Recreation Trails for the U.S. National Trails System. Curt has written curricula for major educational experiences in forensics, natural history, ancient civilizations, marine science, moments in history, paleontology, anthropology and archaeology. He is also the author of Big M: The Mammoth of Moorpark (2015), has been published in Ducks Unlimited Magazine and is presently completing Bwana Style, a design book, and a new forensic mystery. The Newport Sea Base is indeed fortunate to have someone of Curt’s stature highly involved in the development and implementation of quality programs for all youth who come to enjoy the Newport Bay and ocean.