Cochran Mill
Nature Center
Meet the Staff

Terri Clark, Executive Director

Terri worked for the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens for 23 years, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation and education of wildlife and the natural world. Terri wrote a variety of primary and secondary school based STEM curriculums for the 180,000 school students that visited the Zoo annually, as well as taught “World Population” classes at Stetson University and the University of Central Florida. In her role as the Zoo’s public relations spokesperson, Terri frequently spoke to community groups and organizations about the Zoo and its 400+ animals. She is a Master Naturalist, a Certified Interpretive Guide, and a Facilitator for Project Wild and Project Wet through the Council for Environmental Education. Since relocating to Georgia in 2015, she has been teaching World Population classes at Kennesaw State University. She is also an active Docent at Zoo Atlanta interpreting for the pandas. And in February 2016, she presented a workshop at the Georgia Science Teachers Association Conference. Terri assumed the Executive Director position with the Nature Center in August 2016.

Norma Lewis, Naturalist

Norma is a 30-year veteran of environmental education. Her first job was at the Cincinnati Museum of Natural History where she developed a love of bats. From there, she went to the Toledo Zoo followed by the Birmingham Zoo and then Iotla Elementary School in Franklin, NC. Her degrees are from the University of Cincinnati and the University of Toledo. 

Kristy Smith, Education Coordinator

Kristy holds a Bachelors of Animal Science and is the owner (with her husband) of Worth It Farms. She oversees the conservation and breeding program for multiple species including endangered and threatened livestock breeds. She has built relationships with local teachers and home schoolers while giving tours of the farm. She was active with the Birmingham Zoo and the McDowell Environmental Center where she taught a variety of environmental education programs.


Beth Harbin, Assistant Naturalist

Beth comes in several days per week to answer phones, attend to visitors, do clerical work, and help with resident animals.  She enjoys assisting with wildlife rehabilitation and summer camp programs.  A life-long animal lover, she applied for this job so she could work with "critters."  Beth attended Georgia State University. 

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 Cochran Mill Nature Center

6300 Cochran Mill Road    Chattahoochee Hills, GA 30268  

Phone: (770)306-0914      Email: