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Placer Nature Center Has a New Director
Brayden Mitchell has been hired as the Placer Nature Center’s new Executive Director.
A graduate of Humboldt State University in Natural Resource Planning and Interpretation, Mitchell has worked for the US Forest Service, the National Park Service, Washington State Parks, is a National Association for Interpretation (NAI) Certified Interpretive Guide, and holds certifications from Project Learning Tree, Project WILD, and Project WILD Aquatic.
Upon his hiring Mitchell said “Some of my earliest fond memories are of camping with my family. A typical vacation involved loading the family up in the car, along with the tent and cooking gear, and driving to some remote location for a few days,” said Mitchell. “I still remember having to scare off bears in the middle of the night, cleaning and eating the fish we caught, and my first ascent on Half Dome when I was 10. I think everyone should have the opportunity to make similar memories and the only way to do that is to go outside.”
Founded in 1991, Placer Nature Center has connected nearly 200,000 children and adults with the outdoors where they learn science, enjoy nature, experience teamwork, and develop curiosity and wonder about their environment. It offers activities and classes in wildlife, astronomy, reptiles, gardening, art, insects, ecology, watershed, natural and cultural history, and more.
The center is free and the public is invited to view the many exhibits, including the Discovery Room (which includes a year-round live bee hive), Watershed Learning Center, Changing Land Exhibit Hall, Energy Choices Exhibit, Native American Village, and the Nature Shop. It is open to the public Thursday – Saturday, from 9 am – 5 pm, and available for school field trips Monday – Friday.