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PBS to air New Jersey resident’s new science show

ANNANDALE, NJ (Hunterdon County) Thornton “Thor” Giese had just said “yes” to a cool new job as an Outdoor Educator with New Jersey Fish & Wildlife when COVID-19 hit, and the position was frozen. Undeterred, Thor found a new outlet for his love of science and education, developing his own series of experiential science videos, Thor’s Outdoor Science Academy™, which has been picked up by the Emmy-winning Into the Outdoors network, which currently airs on PBS in 27 states, plus Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.

Ever since seeing his first Indiana Jones movie as a child, Thor has had a one-track mind to study, understand and appreciate the world around him and his place in it. Now he has the chance to share that passion with others as part of PBS’ acclaimed lineup.

“I love to learn, travel and be outdoors. I’ve not found anything in life to be uninteresting. I am so excited for this opportunity with Into the Outdoors and PBS and for building a program that will entertain and educate people of all ages,” said Thor Giese.

Thor’s videos tackle the elements of earth, air, fire and water in fun and relatable ways. Exploring these elements through science, history, language, food and great stories.

Last year, Into the Outdoors celebrated 20 years of outdoor education. With dozens of educational and scientific partnerships through the years, Into the Outdoors has really become a pillar of outdoors education for kids and educators alike. Thor’s Outdoor Science Academy™ brings a fun new twist to exploring and answering questions about rocks, carbon dating, water cycle, and much more. We are excited about the partnership between Into the Outdoors and Thor’s Outdoor Science Academy™ and to bring fun and engaging science videos to kids and educators,” said Rick Rose, co-creator and director of Into the Outdoors.

Into the Outdoors, is a 17-time Emmy-winning youth television series and hub for free online educational resources. Part science and part adventure, ITO uncovers the stories behind sensible solutions to creating a better planet while arming educators everywhere with free educational video resources. ITO broadcasts across 27 states, D.C. and Puerto Rico, featured on YouTube, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Roku, Smart TV and Chromecast.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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