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New Naturalist for Cherokee County

Monday, May 7, 2012

Laura Kohn began her new position as the Cherokee County Naturalist last week, and is looking forward to working with the public on many environment educational issues. Photo by Mike Leckband
Native Cherokean Laura Kohn started her new job as the Cherokee County Naturalist last week.Kohn, a 2002 graduate of Cherokee Washington High School, earned her Bachelors Degree in Zoology and Animal Ecology from Iowa State University in 2006.

She then interned at Salt Lake City, Utah for the non-profit group Hawk Watch International. Kohn then found seasonal employment with North Dakota Parks and Recreation as an interpreter.

From there, she accepted a full-time position with Hawk Watch International and then went back to work for the North Dakota Parks and Recreation for a second time, where she has remained for the past four years.

When asked how she found out there was an opening at the Cherokee Conservation Department, she replied that her parents, Leo and Theresa Kohn of Cherokee, informed her about the Naturalist position.

Kohn stated that she is not quite used to being back in Cherokee County. "I feel that I'm back here on vacation," said Kohn. She still has some adjusting to do and is in the process of wrapping up her affairs in North Dakota.

She is excited about her new job, which will focus primarily on environmental education. She plans on looking over the programs and materials that have been part of the Cherokee County Conservation Department in previous years, along with introducing programs she has developed. She wants to see what programs she has in the bag.

She's especially excited to work with area schools, scout groups, and 4-H groups. She stated that there are endless topics that interest her, such as birds, animal skins, cross country skiing, compass reading, G.P.S. and tree planting, just to name a few.

She also would like to see more public programs such as a summer day camp, senior citizens field trips or hikes, field trips for home-schooled children, and more weekend activities for family.

Kohn also would like to have an evening education naturalist series. She mainly would like to know what kind of input they may have for her. She is inviting the public to call or email her with new ideas or even old ideas. "If I get input from them it would help. I'm here for their disposal."

If you have any ideas for Kohn please feel free to contact her at Cherokee County Conservation Office at 225-6709 or email Kohn at cherokeeccb@gmail.com.

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