June 9, 2022 – 19 Days of Tanzania and Rwanda

This meeting will be held via Zoom at 7PM. Details for logging in will be available on request a few days prior.

Brief: In March, Jodi Morris (aunt) and Sarah Morris (niece) spent three weeks exploring the East African countries of Tanzania and Rwanda with 8 other people who work in the fields of interpretation and communication. They will discuss and show pictures of the birds, other wildlife and cultural adventures they experienced during their safaris.

Bios: 

Sarah Morris is the Internal Communications and Health Literacy Coordinator for the Arkansas Department of Health. Prior to joining the ADH in February 2018, she was a newspaper journalist and freelance writer for more than 10 years. She is a member of the Junior League of Little Rock and Arkansas Audubon Society.

Jodi Morris retired as a Park Ranger from the National Park Service in December 2018. She is still an adjunct instructor in History and Geography. Currently for UAPB and Philander Smith College. She is a Central Arkansas Master Naturalist and member/volunteer with the Central Arkansas Trail Alliance, Friends of the Ouachita Trail, and Is completing a fellowship with America Walks.

April 14, 2022 Rails to Trails: Recreational Conservation

7 PM via Zoom, details on request the week of the meeting

Matt McNair, Division of Arkansas State Parks

Matt will focus on the potential conservation benefits of an extensive rails-to-trails system in Arkansas, with rail trails providing not only a space for human recreation, but serving as corridors for wildlife, birds, and pollinators.

Matt McNair is director of the Outdoor Recreation Grants Program/State Trails Coordinator (Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage, and Tourism). Along with providing grant assistance and project advice to municipalities and counties in Arkansas, he has served as the Arkansas State Trails Coordinator since 2020. He is a native of Bruno, Arkansas (Marion County), and currently lives in Little Rock, where his wife owns and operates Bella Vita Jewelry. When not serving the citizens of Arkansas in his official capacity, he enjoys gardening, hiking, canoeing, and pretty much anything else to be done in the Arkansas out-of-doors.