For the past seven years, Sara Grover has been the face of the Project Get Outdoors movement in Minnesota. But last Monday, Grover and the Project GO Board of Directors welcomed Kipp Hanson to their team as the new Program Coordinator.
Hanson grew up in the Twin Cities and graduated from Luther College in 2010 with a History major and Africana Studies minor. He has had diverse work experiences that will help him succeed as the new Program Coordinator, including positions as a ski instructor and a SegwayTM tour guide for companies in the Twin Cities, and his time working at the International Institute of Minnesota assisting new immigrant and refugees with their green card and citizenship filings. Most recently, Hanson has served two terms with AmeriCorps; first with the Conservation Corps of MN and IA in the Youth Outdoors program, and as a VISTA with the Minnesota Children’s Museum Rochester as a Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator. Hanson enjoys spending as much time as possible outdoors especially skiing, camping, traveling, and cutting down invasive trees. He is excited to help communities connect children to nature and looks forward to a productive future with Project GO.
Grover served on the hiring committee and interview panel and expressed her enthusiasm for the new Program Coordinator; “We are so excited to have Kipp on the Project GO team! He brings new ideas and energy to the program!”
In March 2012, Grover accepted a full time naturalist position at Whitewater State Park and has since had to cut back the amount of time she can be involved with Project GO. Grover founded the non-profit organization in 2005, hoping to connect low-income and underserved youth in the Plainview community to nature learning and outdoor exploration during the after-school hours. She has enjoyed working with the various community partners, volunteers and children throughout Se Minnesota over the years and will continue to be very involved as a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors and volunteering as a program leader at the Plainview Project GO site.
Grover expects to be spending a lot of time working one-on-one with Kipp over the next few months, to help him get the feel for the program. “There is seven years of program knowledge that I need to transfer to Kipp”, Grover explained. “Based on my early impressions of him, I anticipate he will catch on quickly and become a well-recognized character in the region within a few months!”
To find out more about Project Get Outdoors, visit the website at www.mnprojectgo.com.