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Kay Lynn Hernandez has fifteen years of experience leading thousands of people on eco-tours in Wilmington and the surrounding areas.  Kay Lynn is a certified ACA Kayak Instructor. Also certified in Wilderness First Aid for your safety, she is a seasoned kayak guide having guided in the Florida Keys as well. 

Kay Lynn managed three nature parks (a Marine Park, National Park and botanical garden) on a tiny Caribbean Island for several years before moving to southern Louisiana where she worked as a Biologist/Project Manager for a major consulting firm.  She directed environmental education and managed projects for a non-profit in southern North Carolina for over a decade before launching Wilmington Outdoor Adventures in 2021.

Kay Lynn received the YWCA's Women of Achievement Award (Environmental) in 2016 and currently serves on the Eagles Island Central Park Task Force and the Cape Fear Professional Paddlesports Association. She is on the Board of Directors of Muddy Sneakers, which is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit outdoor science education program serving North Carolina’s fifth-grade public school students. She works for the National Center for Outdoor & Adventure Education as a field instructor when needed throughout the year.

Kay Lynn worked for The Nature Conservancy in 2021 as Preserve Manager of Palmyra Atoll, one of the most remote and pristine places in the world.  The preserve is established to protect an endangered marine wilderness and serves as a platform for conservation science. 

Listen to WOA owner, Kay Lynn Hernandez, in this local NPR Interview: CoastLine: Palmyra Atoll, in the center of the Pacific Ocean, offers scientists a pristine ecosystem for study | WHQR

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