New Community Relations Coordinator

When asked where she’s from, Daria Mather has a hard time answering that question. In third grade she moved from Des Moines, IA to Peoria, IL where she lived until coming back to Iowa for college at Simpson College in Indianola, IA. She always felt like she would end up back in Iowa.

While attending Simpson, Daria played four years of soccer and had the opportunity to write for her college newspaper, become editor-in-chief of her college magazine and hold internships. opens IMAGE file

She held internships at the Blank Park Zoo and Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation in Des Moines. The zoo internship focused on the conservation of animals and the INHF internship focused on the conservation of land. Both of these experiences taught her how important each type of conservation is and how important it is to share with others.

“To work in the Nature Center and share my passion for the outdoors with the people I work with, the people who volunteer and the people who come in is very exciting to me. This job has a little bit of everything I wanted to do,” Mather said.

While working in the community relations coordinator position, Daria will write material for many different platforms including social media and the website while also working with the volunteers.

Daria is also excited to meet new people, join the community and explore around the Nature Center.

“It’s exciting to be here. I’ve never lived in a lake town before. It’s beautiful and full of wildlife and plants I love,” Mather said.

To meet Daria, visit the Nature Center on Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit You can also keep up on the latest happenings on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

You can contact her by email at dmather@dickinsoncountyiowa.govcreate new email or by calling the Nature Center at 712-336-6352.