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Jim Ekins

Jim Ekins

Area Water Educator

Phone

208-292-1287

Mailing Address

University of Idaho Harbor Center
1031 N Academic Way, Ste 242
Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814

Ph.D. Candidate, University of Idaho, 2020
M.S., University of Oregon, 2002
B.S., Western Carolina University, 1992

  • Adult and youth educational programming
  • Community learning and social resiliency
  • Water quality and stormwater solutions
  • Watershed science and wise water use
  • Wetland restoration for watersheds

Jim Ekins is the area water educator for University of Idaho Extension. His faculty role is to develop and deliver nonformal educational programs based on the best science to all parts of the community. Jim runs the IDAH2O Master Water Stewards citizen science volunteer water quality monitoring program, and leads the Cleaner Water Faster bi-state educational project related to stormwater pollution. He has worked with the University of Idaho since fall 2007.

He earned a bachelor's in natural resource management from Western Carolina University and a master's in natural resource planning from University of Oregon. He worked in three national parks, in Colorado and Oregon’s resort industry, on a research base in Antarctica and in wetland restoration for watershed councils in Oregon and Idaho. Before moving to Coeur d’Alene, he was the director for Service-Learning and Internships for over five years. In his spare time, he is pursuing a doctorate in conservation social sciences in social-ecological systems resilience and decision science; he also canoes, skis, runs and backpacks with his dogs.

  • NACDEP National Honors, First Place, Educational Materials (Water and Rural Living: What Idaho Homeowners Need to Know), 2018
  • NACDEP Western Regional Honors, First Place, Educational Materials (Water and Rural Living: What Idaho Homeowners Need to Know), 2018
  • Coeur d'Alene Business Hall of Fame, Colleges and Universities category, 2018
  • Best of Coeur d’Alene Award, Colleges and Universities category, 2018
  • Coeur d'Alene Business Hall of Fame, Colleges and Universities category, 2017
  • Best of Coeur d'Alene Award, Colleges and Universities category, 2017
  • Best of Coeur d'Alene Award, Colleges and Universities category, 2016
  • Advanced to Candidacy: Ph.D. Candidate, College of Natural Resources/Conservation Social Sciences, 2016.
  • National Diversity Multicultural Award for the Western Region, Epsilon Sigma Phi, 2016
  • Distinguished Member, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, 2011

University of Idaho Extension

Physical Address:
E. J. Iddings Agricultural Science Laboratory, Room 52
606 S Rayburn St.
Moscow, ID

Mailing Address:
University of Idaho Extension
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2338
Moscow, ID 83844-2338

Phone: 208-885-5883

Fax: 208-885-6654

Email: extension@uidaho.edu

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