Over the last four years you have heard me sing the accolades of our Zoo Educator, Brenda Morman. Repeatedly I am amazed at Brenda’s zeal for science education, her tireless nature, and excitement for knowledge passed on to all ages.
During her time with Chahinkapa Zoo, Brenda increased the number of classes, added more sessions as so accommodate families, created new workshops, and covered science at all levels. The variety of workshops, courses, events, and special occasions offered by Brenda in the name of science is remarkable.
In addition, Brenda started the Science Alliance Program, conducting age appropriate curriculum in our Richland and Wilkin County Schools for K – 4th grade. She initiated and created the Zoo Lab in the Nature Center, and worked diligently in the zoo garden, pollinator projects, and overnight camp outs. The first ever out of state kids’ conservation trip was under Brenda’s charge and in cooperation with other zoos’ kid programs, our local children made conservation friends.
It was not unusual to see the Enhstrom Nature Center turned into a world of habitats. Brenda transformed the classroom into deserts, oceans, tundra, mountain tops, rainforests, and savannas. Children explored by burrowing, climbing, jumping and yes even dancing! Brenda is a certified Kid’s Yoga instructor fashioning animals in motion and “Wiggles, Giggles, and Jiggles!”
Partnerships are very important to our organizations and Brenda helped to maintain this by writing mini grants, fostering docent programs, and working with local organizations.
Brenda Morman will be leaving Chahinkapa Zoo this week to accept another teaching position in the fall. Our loss is the gain of St. John’s School. We will miss her, but it is our pleasure to know that we will continue our relationship with her as we meet in her new classroom with yet another partnership in education.
God bless, you, Brenda in your new ventures.
Kathy Diekman is director of Chahinkapa Zoo in Wahpeton