Magazine article Parks & Recreation

GREEN GIANT: Evelyn Kirkwood

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

GREEN GIANT: Evelyn Kirkwood

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IS THAT BIRD INDIGENOUS TO SOUTH BEND? Evie Kirkwood can tell you. Throughout her nearly 30 years at St. Joseph County Parks, Indiana, Kirkwood has become a bit of a local celebrity and go-to-person when it comes to educating residents about natural areas and the plants and animals living there.

Kirkwood began her career as an interpretive naturalist at Beaver Lake Nature Center in New York and now serves as Director of St. Joseph County Parks, Indiana. Throughout the multitude of positions she's held along the way, Kirkwood demonstrates passion, enthusiasm and commitment to educational programs that people to the parks they visit. Kirkwood has received numerous awards in recognition of her environmental leadership, and most reo was awarded NRPAs Barb King award, which recognizes individuals and park and recreation agenc: ? achieved fence in environmental stewardship.

During her years as front-line park interpreter, she launched the first nature day camp in the community of South Bend and created the first fee-based interpretive. gram menu based on the Department of Education curriculum and state science standards. …

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