Lately, you may have noticed some members of The Parklands staff meandering through the park system, either on the Louisville Loop or on the soft trails. No, we aren’t playing hooky – it’s part of the Education Staff’s new program called “roving”. As rovers, our job is to make information about The Parklands more accessible to our park visitors, and to provide a new form of staff presence in the parks. As park visitors, we’d like you all to take advantage of this new program to ask any questions you may have regarding The Parklands and anything you may see in the parks, whether they’re comments, questions, or concerns. What kind of tree is that? What do bald eagles eat? How long is this trail? Where is the closest bathroom? Why’d we paint the silos yellow?
So, the next time you see someone walking or biking with a bright blue Parklands shirt on, feel free to stop and talk to us, or give us a friendly smile!
Shannon Kaelin joined The Parklands team as an Interpretive Ranger in the fall of 2016. She recently graduated with her B.A. in Environmental Studies and a minor in Anthropology from Bellarmine University. You will find her leading hikes, teaching field trip classes, and welcoming people at the PNC Achievement Center in Beckley Creek Park. A Kentucky native, Shannon enjoys visiting parks and other attractions in the state in her free time.
As Director of Education, Curtis Carman oversees The Parklands Outdoor Classroom, promoting STEAM-based education through engaging, hands-on learning both outdoors and inside the classroom. Each year, his team of Education Specialists, Interpretive Rangers and Camp Counselors guide nearly 20,000 participants of all ages through school field trips, camps, Parklands Explorer, Junior Explorer and Wednesday Wonders. Prior to his promotion to Education Director in May of 2018, Curtis first joined The Parklands team as an Interpretive Ranger and led the department as Education Coordinator for three years. A native of Louisville and a graduate of Ballard High School, Curtis returned to his hometown after having worked as an environmental educator in Maine and Colorado at Acadia and Rocky Mountain National Parks. Curtis also served as Membership Manager at the Rocky Mountain Conservancy. Curtis enjoys hiking, biking, camping and kayaking.
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