Dear Friend,

Between now and September we're profiling the eleven amazing women from Northeastern PA who we're celebrating this year with our Seventh Annual Women in Conservation Awards. Today is our fourth inspiring profile. 

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Meet Kelly Finan,
Woman of the Environmental Arts

Kelly Finan is a scientific illustrator who dwells in the rolling hills just outside of Hop Bottom, Pennsylvania. In her 10+ year freelance career, her work has supported the missions of parks, museums, researchers, and nonprofits far and wide.

While she has illustrated everything from air to zebrafish, her most prominent works are large digital paintings of entire ecosystems and the many species of which they are composed. You are invited to view her illustration work at

Her clients include The Children’s Discovery Museum, Clean Oceans International, Frost Museum of Science, Harvard University, The National Aquarium in Baltimore, The Nature Conservancy, Northeast Wilderness Trust, & Yosemite National Park.

In her personal life, she is passionate about clean air and water; she has devoted countless hours to shedding light on local fracked gas industry issues, to opposing gas and pipeline companies who abuse eminent domain for private profit, and to her role in Susquehanna Clean Air Network (SCAN).

She is also an active member of the Salt Springs Park Education Committee, a team leader in the Susquehanna County Christmas Bird Count, and a volunteer bird observer for the North American Breeding Bird Survey.

She tries to lead a life that is light on the land; this includes removing invasive species from her property, planting native plants to provide habitat for the insects that pollinate our food crops, and doing her part to reduce food waste. More than anything, she wants you to stop mowing your lawn.

Congratulations, Kelly!

A complete list of all 2021 honorees is available here.


Tickets for the WIC event are on sale now!

PennFuture's 2021 Celebrating Women in Conservation Awards

Thursday, Sept. 9th, 2021  - 6pm

This will be a virtual/live hybrid online event. Your ticket gives you access to the live Zoom broadcast of the award ceremony!


$40 Login Ticket for Zoom Access: 
Includes a PennFuture "Go Out and Explore" Swag Bag with: a PennFuture Cotton Draw String Bag, a PennFuture Cooling Bandana, a PennFuture Cranberry Walnut Trail Mix, and a "Tick Twister" mailed to you. Ticket also includes a $25 donation to PennFuture, which makes you a member of PennFuture!

$65 Login Ticket + Honor Your Favorite Nominee!!
Pick one of the 11 Women to make a special donation in their name. You'll be recognized for this special gift during the event! Includes Login Ticket, PennFuture Swag Bag, and a $50 donation to honor the woman of your choice! This also makes you a member of PennFuture!

NOTE: With either ticket you get one Zoom Login which can not be shared. However, you are welcome to have a gathering with your family and friends to watch the event from your home. Sorry that we can't supply the food or beverages we normally would for an event like this, but you are welcome to bring your own! It is a "Celebration" after all!

Can't make it on the 9th? No problem! A recording of the event will be made available to all ticket holders. You can also purchase a ticket as a "gift" for a friend - just let us know who you want to invite!

Special Opportunity for Small Businesses & Organizations:
Be an Award Sponsor!

Eleven Award Sponsorships are available:
one for each woman - for only $150 each. 

In addition to a Login Ticket and the PennFuture Swag Bag, we'll include your logo in all future promotional materials as well as provide special recognition during the event. 

If you would like information about being an Award Sponsor, please contact Susanne Whitehead at



 If you would like information about sponsorship opportunities for this event, please contact Susanne Whitehead at



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