Meet Jay Martin!

We are excited to welcome wildlife biologist Jay Martin to the Blue Ridge Discovery Center team! Jay will be filling our Naturalist/Educator position starting this spring and will be leading many of our programs over the summer. 

Jay comes to us from the US Forest Service Office where he developed a library of knowledge about the Mount Rogers region and strong relationships with area partners. Jay has years of experience in the field ranging from bird banding to fisheries biology. At BRDC, he will be continuing some of the research projects that he led for the USFS, helping us grow our partnership with the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area. 

Jay's biology knowledge will bring another dynamic to BRDC programs and help participants build deep connections with the great outdoors. Beyond his scientific training, Jay is also a professional photographer, with the ability to capture telephoto, macro, time-lapse photos. Keep a look out for his photography skills on display soon!

We are looking forward to having Jay on board to serve the BRDC mission! I hope you will join us in welcoming him to Blue Ridge Discovery Center. You can email him at