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Karelia Ver Eecke, Education & Outreach Coordinator

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Karelia works with JSWCD staff; partners, including schools and other natural resource organizations; and members of the public to coordinate, plan, and manage educational and outreach events or projects. Current projects include co-management of OSU’s forage demonstration plots, Envirothon training, local youth service projects, and various community events. Contact Karelia if you have upcoming events, want to create an educational program at your school or in your neighborhood, or have general program questions.

The Rogue Valley has been home to Karelia, her husband, and dog since July 2015. The family welcomed their first child in 2017. She moved here to complete her Masters of Science in Environmental Education at Southern Oregon University after working two seasons with the Prineville District BLM. Karelia’s background is diverse and includes time spent as a plant and habitat technician, aquatic conservation technician, adjunct professor, environmental educator, and ski bum.

Karelia’s passion is to bring people together to improve the landscape in which they live. By working together with the people who live, work, and play in the Rogue Valley, many benefits for the area’s rich natural resources can be achieved