Charles Allen Nasworthy
February 26, 1987 - February 8, 2016
Allen was a member of EEA, served on the Board, helped organize the 2015 conference, and, as the director of the Fortson 4-H Center, hosted EEA’s 2015 Outdoor Learning Symposium. Allen grew up as an Emanuel County 4-H’er, earned a bachelor's of science in agriculture and a master's degree in agricultural leadership from UGA, and went on to serve the 4-H program in multiple capacities. He served as a Georgia 4-H Summer Camp Counselor at Rock Eagle 4-H Center for three summers (2007-2009). He taught high school agriscience in Henry County from 2009-2011, earning “Teacher of the Year” his first year. Allen also worked for the Future Farmers of America camping program.
In 2011, he came back to 4-H to serve as the Fortson 4-H Center Director, where he served until he passed away in 2016. In this role, Allen contributed significantly to the organization and facility by providing leadership to the year round and seasonal staff members, overseeing the two primary programs (camp and environmental education), and by managing the facilities and fiscal operations. Allen built a small farm and brought his love of agriculture to Fortson, creating “Fortson’s Farm” and leaving a legacy of passion for the outdoors and teaching.
In addition to his 4-H roles, Allen was an active member of the Georgia Project Learning Tree community. He attended a Teacher Conservation Workshop in 2010 and later became a Project Learning Tree, Project WILD, and Project WET triple facilitator in 2011. As a facilitator, he trained over 100 educators in the three curricula. Allen became a member of the Project Learning Tree steering committee in 2014. He was honored in 2015 as Georgia Project Learning Tree’s Educator of the Year.
Allen was an agent of change. His whole life, all the way back to his summers spent as a 4-H counselor, reflects his belief in being an agent of change in people’s lives. He believed in providing people opportunities to change, grow, and better themselves, and he believed in supporting those people as they grew. He did it as a high school teacher and as a Georgia 4-H Center Director. We remember him as an agent of change and take encouragement as we, too, strive to be agents of change. You are missed, Allen. Rest in peace.