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Member - Jean Carpenter, President

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Larimer County has been my home for most of my life. It contains some of the most beautiful land in all of North America. The stewardship of its parks and open lands is a responsibility that we all share. Currently I am serving my second term on the Larimer County Open Lands Advisory Board. That's where I learned about the new Friends group. From the start Friends has been a group dedicated to helping with projects throughout Larimer County. I have helped with grant writing and program planning.

I retired as a science educator teacher from Poudre School District 5 years ago, but continue working with the City of Fort Collins Utilities in their education program, primarily with the PREP program for the Mountain Schools and their water SHED water education program. Last year I was local arrangements coordinator for a large science teacher's conference in Denver and annually chair the Colorado Science Conference. Nationally I serve on the International Activities Committee for the National Association of Biology Teachers and the Retired Teacher's Advisory Board for the National Association of Science Teachers. Since 1995 I have also been a volunteer facilitator for Project Wild, Wet, and Learning Tree.

My mother was hired at CSU in 1958 to be part of the leadership of the Extension Service as CSU, so I moved here from Rocky Ford. I graduated from Fort Collins High in 1966, CSU in 1970 and received a master's degree from Oregon State in 1977. I returned to Fort Collins in 1978 to teach at Blevins Junior High. My family consists of husband Wayne, a family therapist in private practice, son Graham, senior at University of Colorado, and son Griffin, junior at Poudre High School.

Together we can do much more than we can individually. That's what being a Friend is all about. Join with us by filling out an application obtained through this website. Our levels of membership provide park passes and encourage visits to our county parks and open lands.