Executive Director Tina Brouwer
I had this moment a few years ago that really deepened my love of nature and the outdoors. I was walking along Auxier Ridge with friends and my daughter when she ran off to feel the moss between her toes, this big cushy gorgeous green carpet, and begged me to join her. At first I said no, let's keep going, but she insisted and I reluctantly joined her. I stopped and felt the moss on my toes for the simple, pure joy of it. I understood now. I began to look at nature through a different lens, one that I stay mindful of as I deepen my connection to the world around me.
I first fell in love with the Red River Gorge through rock climbing, which led me to the University of Kentucky where I earned my Bachelor's Degree in Natural Resource Conservation and a Master's Degree studying the behavior of Peregrine Falcons and the reintroduction of majestic bird to the area. Working as a naturalist in OH and as a biologist for KY Fish & Wildlife gave me many opportunities to reach out to the public and work together to protect our natural resources. I have continued to care and invest in this area through stewardship, citizen sciences, and continuing my education by completing a Southeastern Naturalist certification, which provides needed interpretive skills for reaching our youth and community on the importance of conservation. I am excited to share these experiences and explore nature and the arts with as many people as I can.