2017 Outstanding Retiring Environmental Educator Recognition

Jody Morse

Bear Creek Lake Park


Jody Morse is a familiar name to Denver area environmental educators after a very successful career working with people of all ages as an early childhood educator and as an environmental educator for the City of Lakewood. While a Parks and Recreation student at Western Illinois University, Jody got hooked on the outdoor education field after a field experience attending the National Outdoor Leadership program in Wyoming and an internship in Canyonlands National Park. After graduating, she continued working for the National Park Service at Mesa Verde National Park and the U.S. Forest Service at Shawnee National Forest. After raising three children Jody returned to the world of park-based environmental education in 1994 when she became a park ranger and then later the Park Naturalist Supervisor at Bear Creek Lake Park for the City of Lakewood, Colorado. Jody retired from this position in September 2017, but in her 24 years in this position conducted and implemented over 2,800 environmental programs and had over 117,000 participants! Jody was instrumental in creating many new programs and events in her prominent career including Earth Day, Halloween, Solstice, astronomy events and programs for all ages including unique pre-school and older adult programs.

Jody plans to continue her work in the field beyond retirement through volunteer work with several organizations including Lookout Mountain Nature Center and Jefferson County Open Space.

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