The Milford Nature Center has two full-time staff and several part-time staff with over 40 years of combined interpretive experience. The staff believes in community and statewide involvement in efforts to promote conservation awareness and appreciation. As such, the staff is a member or currently serves on a committee for:
KACEE (Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education)
National Association for Interpreters
National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association
National Association of American Falconers
Kansas Hawking Club
Geary County Convention and Visitor's Bureau
4-H Sportfishing Program
Flint Hills Audubon Society
Kansas Herpetological Society
Geary County Fish & Game Association
PAT SI L OVSKY, DIRECTOR
The first director of the facility, Pat has been at the Nature Center since it began in 1989. Pat holds a bachelor's and master's degree from Pittsburg State University. She began her undergraduate work at the U.S. Air Force Academy, completing one year, and also participated as a foreign exchange student to England fbr P.S.U. before graduation. During graduate school and post graduation, Pat became a founding member of P.S.U. Nature Reach, an animal rehabilitation and environmental education outreach program. Pat is a regular contributor to Kansas Wildlife, the KDWPT magazine, and the editor of On TRACKS, a newsletter published several times a year for teachers. Pat is very active in the National Association for Interpreters, having served as a national workshop chair, region director and state coordinator at various times. She has been awarded the 1996 Conservation Educator of the Year award from Kansas Wildlife Federation and received an award for Outstanding Interpretive Program in 1998 from the National Association for Interpretation.
VANESSA AVARA, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
Vanessa is a newcomer to the Nature Center, having begun work as the assistant director in January 2008. After growing up in Colorado, Vanessa was transplanted to the Kansas prairies in 1982. She spent 14 years as a zookeeper at Sedgwick County Zoo in Wichita and 8 years doing wildlife abatement at McConnell Air Force Base and working part time as a naturalist at Great Plains Nature Center in Wichita. She is a master falconer, practicing the sport since 1993.
ALISA KOZLOWSKI, NATURALIST
Alisa (Rapp) Kozlowski first came to Milford Nature Center as a summer staff in 2003. Upon her graduation that December, Alisa returned in January of 2004 as part-time staff, left in April of 2005 for the birth of her first child and returned again to the Nature Center in April of 2007. She received her bachelor’s of science in biology from Emporia State University in 1998 and her Master’s of science emphasizing wildlife education in 2003 from Emporia State. Alisa has traveled many paths in her journey to Milford. She was a saxophonist with Cast C 96 for Up With People, a co-team leader for the National Team of NET Australia, worked at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo as a summer Educator in 2001, was a docent for the Emporia Zoo, and now splits her time between Lakewood Discovery Center, Milford Nature Center, and as a part-time biology lecturer for Cloud County Community College. As a life member of girl scouts and a former 4-Her, Alisa enjoys working with youth of all ages exploring the wonders of nature.
TRAVIS REGELMAN, NATURALIST
Travis has worked as a part-time naturalist, Americorp member, and intern student at the Nature Center since 2004. He is a lifetime resident of Junction City and is working to complete his Bachelor's of Science in Park and Resource Management at K-State.