Dr. Kristen Lear

Dr. Kristen Lear

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Built and installed bat houses for her Girl Scout Silver Award project at the age of 12 and turned her passion for bats into a career

Dr. Kristen Lear

“My interest in bats stemmed from night hikes I took with my troop in elementary school. I got my start in bat conservation through Girl Scouts in 6th grade when I built and put up bat houses for my Silver Award project. Since then bat conservation has been my lifelong passion, and Girl Scouts has provided the opportunity for me to share and pass on my passion to younger generations of Girl Scouts!”⁠

We’re batty for Dr. Kristen Lear! ⁠Bat conservationist and educator, @batsforlife_kristen is a NatGeo Explorer and was featured in Mission Unstoppable. ⁠Kristen is also a proud Girl Scout! ⁠She regularly conducts outreach and educational activities about bats, giving classroom presentations and demonstrations, leading hands-on bat walks and bat house building workshops, and creating K-12 science lesson plans. And sometimes she'll wear cool bat wings!

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