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 SILOVSKY, 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 for 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 started at the Nature Center 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.