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When I first visited Charlotte’s Quest a few years ago, I was struck with the charm and warmth of this hometown gem. I remember thinking that I wanted to make sure this became a familiar and special place for my family. At the time I did not imagine I would...

When I first visited Charlotte’s Quest a few years ago, I was struck with the charm and warmth of this hometown gem. I remember thinking that I wanted to make sure this became a familiar and special place for my family. At the time I did not imagine I would become a part of the Charlotte’s Quest team, and I am thrilled to be able to bring my passions and experience to this organization. As a Naturalist, I’ll be getting back to my roots.

Out of college, I served two years in the Maryland Conservation Corps; we worked in parks throughout the state creating nature center displays, leading programs, building trails, and learning the ins and outs of natural resource management. My career then took me to the National Aquarium’s Conservation Department, where I performed a variety of duties that ranged from managing in-school educational programs, leading wetland field experiences, fundraising, and planning volunteer days and other special events. It is my hope that as a “jack-of-all-trades” I can bring an energy and perspective that will help Charlotte’s Quest reach its full potential as an outdoor classroom and community gathering place.

I am excited to have the opportunity to offer more frequent community programming beginning this spring. The monthly programs as you have known them are getting a make-over, so please take note of changes in timing, age ranges, and the registration process. Activities for our youngest visitors (2-5) will be offered as a fun session of six classes, each of which will include a story, game, craft, and hike. Classes for older children will be focused on hands-on scientific experiments that pertain to creatures and issues at our park. Stay tuned for more details as we roll out these higher level programs beginning in April 2017. We are also looking to develop programming for adults in the near future and would be interested in hearing what appeals to you.

In the end, our programs and services exist to serve you - our members and our community.

I welcome your feedback, and would love to hear any ideas for the nature center that you’ve always wanted to share! As we put together a program lineup for summertime, your input regarding what would best suit you and your families will be invaluable. The goal will be to help keep our children engaged, learning, and enjoying the outdoors while school is out!

If you spend any amount of time around the park this spring you’re likely to run into me, and maybe even my husband Mike and our daughters, Sydney (4) and Savannah (2) - please don’t hesitate to stop us and say hello! While we aren’t natives of Carroll County, we’ve planted our roots and don’t plan on leaving anytime soon. I’m so happy to have found an opportunity that allows me to get to know our neighbors and to serve both the human and wildlife residents of our community. I trust that Charlotte’s Quest holds a special place in your heart, as it does in mine, and I look forward to getting to know all of you as we enjoy and support this local treasure together!