For Immediate Release
Contact: Paul Fidalgo
Phone: (207) 358-9785

New Director Named for Camp Inquiry 2011

February 11, 2011

Amherst, NY

- February 11, 2011 - The Center for Inquiry (CFI) announced today their selection for the new director of Camp Inquiry in Holland, NY. Karen Strachan brings years of experience in a variety of leadership roles in education, science, and art.

Strachan is Lead Educator for the Memphis Zoo, where she also serves as Camp Director. She is currently teaching inquiry-based classes and oversees program development and administration. Strachan has worked at the Memphis Zoo, ranked the No. 1 zoo in America by several leading websites, for the past three years. Her experience in education is vast, having worked with groups ranging from Pre-K to 12th grade.

“Karen Strachan’s passion for inquiry-based science education and her commitment to promoting reason and secular values will certainly create an energizing and engaging community for this year’s Camp Inquiry,” said Ronald A. Lindsay, CFI president & CEO. “Encouraging curiosity and creativity, as campers explore how the world works, should be a natural fit for her.”

Originally from Longview, Texas, Strachan received a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Anthropology and Sociology in 2002 from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee.

Camp Inquiry is one of the many educational initiatives offered by CFI. It is a place where children ages 7-16 face the challenges of living a non-theistic/secular lifestyle in a world dominated by religious belief and pseudoscience. Camp Inquiry is grounded in the conviction that kids can begin establishing habits of the good and ethical life early on.

Camp Inquiry will be held July 31-August 6 at Camp Seven Hills in Holland, NY. The camp features approximately 620 acres of woods, meadows, streams, and hills. It is fully insured and accredited by the American Camp Association.

The Center for Inquiry is a nonprofit educational, advocacy, and research organization based in Amherst, New York; it is also home to both the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry and the Council for Secular Humanism. The mission of CFI is to foster a secular society based on science, reason, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values. Our web address is .