Pottawattamie County, meet Emily Hugen! She is the new East and West Pottawattamie Conservation Education Coordinator!
Emily grew up in Monroe, Iowa and attended Iowa State where she got a degree in Agronomy and Agriculture and Society. While in college, not only did she spend a lot of time traveling (see photo below of Emily in Argentina studying glaciers), but she worked in the USDA National lab for Ag and Environment so she has quite a background in research and laboratory work. Because of that, Ms. Hugen was ready to take on a job that involved working with more people! Well, she found the right job here in Pott. Co. Emily’s job will consist of educating K-6 graders (and families) about soil, water, and conservation.
Pottawattamie County Soil and Water Conservation District is actually the 1st county to have such a position with other counties looking to follow.
Emily was drawn to Pottawattamie because of the interesting events the former educationalists got to take part in like Farm Safety Day and Soil Judging Pits. Plus, she’s thrilled with the fact that it’s all based in conservation, a topic close to her heart.
Although COVID is making things a litter harder, her first goal is to reach out to the Pottawattamie Schools and develop curriculum tied to topics like Earth Day, recycling, pollination, biodiversity, watershed, and erosion. She’s also looking forward to checking out, and being a part of, the fairs, STEM festivals, and all the other activities Pottawattamie has to offer.
Emily, Pottawattamie is excited to have you on board!
To contact Emily, email her at EMILY.HUGEN@ia.nacdnet.net.
Photos courtesy of Emily Hugen.