I grew up in Muncie, but moved away, wanting more outdoor opportunities than central Indiana could offer in the 1980s. At university, I studied environmental education and anthropology, and was a land surveyor for 15 years.
When I returned to Indiana 30+ years later, I was delightfully surprised to find so many outdoor areas to visit, in large part thanks to Red-tail Land Conservancy’s efforts. I also discovered that my hometown community has amazing people that genuinely care about the well-being of others and the environment. Volunteering for non-profit organizations here has been life-changing; the Whitely food pantry shows me what abundant compassion looks like, the Muncie OUTreach youth group shows me the importance of nurturing and listening to young folks, and the Audubon Society chapter members are actively engaged in conservation.
I’m fortunate to have a job that ties all of these loves together! Besides volunteering, I love biking, hiking, bird-watching, kayaking, camping, and playing cornhole with friends at a pub.
Did you know… Kim’s favorite outdoor activity is actually “indoors”: spelunking. “I appreciate the unique darkness, quiet, and smells, rock climbing, sliding through mud, tight squeezes, and pushing through my fears.”