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Meet Kate: The New AmeriCorps VISTA Member at the OEC


The Outdoor Education Center (OEC) welcomes our brand new AmeriCorps VISTA, Kate Nelson. Kate grew up on the South Side of Chicago and ventured here this past summer to work as a counselor/naturalist with our West Virginia and DC students. Kate received her bachelor’s degree in therapeutic recreation from Western Illinois University in the spring of 2012 where she also worked at Horn Field Campus Challenge Course.

In the past, Kate worked at McDonough County Special Recreation Association as a Young Adult Summer Camp counselor where she was able to utilize her degree in therapeutic recreation. Kate’s favorite outdoor activities are sea kayaking, hiking, and playing Frisbee, and she hopes to spend tons of time on the rivers here in West Virginia.

Her favorite food is Honeycrisp apples and she describes herself as a positive, passionate, and adventurous person! Kate’s goal as an OEC VISTA is to “engage children in a fun and exciting setting while teaching lessons on health, the community and all sorts of great opportunities this world has to offer.”

(Sarah Nowicki is an AmeriCorps Vista at FLOC’s Outdoor Education Center).


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