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After 5 years as Nature Center head, Bequette to leave for Peace Corps

      
Departing Bear Creek Nature Center Supervisor Jamie Bequette.
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Jamie Bequette has been the supervisor at the Bear Creek Nature Center since April 2011. She will be departing at the end of May, following a long-time dream to join the Peace Corps.
       El Paso County Parks is advertising for her replacement.
       Leaving in September for South America, “I have been invited to serve in Guyana as an environmental resource management volunteer with the Peace Corps,” Bequette wrote in an e-mail. “I will be doing a lot of similar work to what I've done here at the Nature Center. I've dreamed of joining the PC since college and decided this was a great time to pursue the opportunity.”
       Asked about her time at the Nature Center, Bequette said that one achievement she is happy about is bringing back “programming geared solely for adults. When the economy declined in 2008, the nature centers had to drop programming due to reduced staff. The adult-oriented programs were the ones to go. Bear Creek Nature Center now has a once-a-month event for the Active Adult Nature Club [which is] open to any interested adult.”
       Bequette also is pleased at the increasing popularity of the center's nature camps, to which she worked to add a “creative spin,” she said. “We've begun to fill up several months in advance. We hear many children exclaim that Bear Creek Nature Camp is their favorite camp and they make it a priority to come back year after year.”
       Located at 245 Bear Creek Road and offering exhibits, programs and a nearby trail system, the Nature Center is one of two in El Paso County. Admission is free, but there are fees for most of the programs. The facility is open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Westside Pioneer/press release
(Posted 4/29/16; Outdoors: Bear Creek Nature Center)

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