Local Women: Katie Woodhams

“Nature Enthusiast” Occupation: Program Manager at Fenner Nature Center Residence: Owosso Family: Husband, Scott; son, Ethan Hobbies: Painting, photography and planting. Katie Woodhams goes to work every day at an office of 134 acres of land. Woodhams is the program manager at Fenner Nature Center in Lansing. Here she has the opportunity to share her knowledge of nature, science and arts with others. To learn more about the Fenner Nature Center, visit: www.mynaturecenter.org. Q: What’s it like to work at Fenner Nature Center? A: Fenner is the perfect place. It’s everything I’ve ever wanted to do rolled into one place. I get to use my background of fine arts and zoology. Most people don’t get to experience that. I have the opportunity to talk to new and returning visitors. I’m able to share my knowledge of nature and science to others. In addition, I teach some art classes and plan our events. Q: Tell me about your upcoming events at the Fenner Nature Center on Earth Day. A: Our 2nd Annual Earth Day Extravaganza is a free event on April 20 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. for all families, individuals and groups. We will be offering fun Earth Day activities as well as habitat restoration efforts throughout the day. Following this event, we will host our Spring Social Fundraiser. Our fundraiser includes a buffet-style dinner, a cash bar, live music, live and silent auctions and a keynote presentation by Margaret Holtschlag, Michigan Teacher of the Year in 2000. We hope these events bring awareness to Fenner Nature Center, a hidden gem of Lansing. Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years? A: I’d honestly love to still be here at Fenner. Jason, our executive director, and I have big visions to make Fenner even better in the years to come. We have hopes for modern facilities and to restore the habitat. Those things just don’t happen overnight. I’d love to stick around and be a part of that.

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