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Former Folkmoot director takes on Nature Center

Karen Babcock. Donated photo Karen Babcock. Donated photo

Karen Babcock, former director of Folkmoot USA in Waynesville, has been hired as the WNC Nature Center’s new executive director. 

Babock holds a master’s degree in human resources development and worked as associate director and public relations director for Maryland’s Ladew Topiary Gardens prior to coming to Western North Carolina, where she directed Folkmoot for six years. 

However, Babock said, nature is her greatest passion. 

“Daily interaction with native flora and fauna has always been a constant source of education, wonder and solace,” she says. “Serving and saving the wildlife of Western North Carolina is an absolute dream job.”

Babcock wants to see the Nature Center focus on educational opportunities for adults and children alike. 

The Nature Center, located in Asheville, connects people with the animals and plants of the Southern Appalachians by showcasing native flora and fauna. ​​.

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