Jennifer Grant Warner is the president and chief executive officer at Fernbank in Atlanta, which includes the Museum of Natural History, as well as a 3D Theater and the old-growth Fernbank Forest.
She has been with the organisation for more than 22 years, starting as its assistant chief operating officer in 1999, and has held her current role since 2017. She champions Fernbank’s mission, which is to inspire a passion for science and nature in those who visit, through exploration and discovery.
During her time with the institution, she has worked on the award-winning NatureQuest children’s exhibitions, as well as both the WildWoods and the Fernbank Forest expansions. In addition to this, she helped Fernbank to achieve AAM reaccreditation in 2018.
“The issues facing our community, and how we can address those issues, are important to me,” said Warner, in a previous interview with blooloop. “Fernbank has such a unique history and environmental legacy. Education is key in terms of opportunity for educating children, and for creating a more informed citizenry.
“Our mission is about inspiring lifelong learning of natural history through dynamic programs and experiences. Natural history is about two of the most contemporary and relevant topics today: environmental diversity and cultural diversity. Through our programmes, we hope that we are inspiring curiosity for learning about these things.
“We also hope to create a greater understanding that can lead to inspiration and motivation to preserve the natural world, to understand our place in this world, and to make sure that we take care of Mother Earth along the way.”
Fernbank is home to two huge dinosaurs, the Giganotosaurus and a 123-foot long Argentinosaurus. Visitors can also enjoy Atlanta’s biggest movie screen and one of the largest areas of urban Piedmont forest in the United States. It was founded in 1939 to preserve Fernbank Forest.