“We were messy little critters.”
Environmental education coordinator Bryanna Kuhlman’s memories of her childhood spent outdoors in Menomonie, WI, have shaped her into who she is today.
“We had forts in trees; we would catch frogs in retention ponds,” Kuhlman said. “I had my red bucket full of worms.”
She and her sister would race horses bareback down the farm lane by their house, and they spent time in the family garden.
“The outdoors was very much the center of my childhood,” Kuhlman said. “The only vacations we took as kids were camping vacations.”
Those wonderful outdoor memories led her to a career in environmental education, and she began her new position as environmental education coordinator for the Dickinson County Conservation Board on March 20.
“I will be creating all of our environmental literacy programs for school districts as well as public programs in hopes of fostering interest and passion in conservation and the natural world,” Kuhlman said.
She has had a variety of experiences that have led her to her new job at the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in wildlife ecology with an emphasis in environmental education, she worked on fire lines for The Nature Conservancy as well as the Bureau of Land Management. She then took on the position of natural conservation areas stewardship coordinator with Colorado Canyons Association in Grand Junction, CO.
The environmental education coordinator opening with the Dickinson County Conservation Board appealed to her desire to focus on education and to be a bit closer to her Wisconsin-based family, and she has quickly jumped into her new job.
Kuhlman has started to develop new programs for the nature center and has met with school administrators in the county to see how she can help them further students’ education through environmental studies.
Her programs will focus on hands-on activities and movement. She also likes to create “my own chaos” by allowing student input and interests to help dictate where her programs take them, ensuring that youth find environmental studies interesting and fun as well as educational.
In her spare time, Kuhlman loves hiking, spending time with her dog, Scout, visiting with family and checking out local antique shops.