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Jaymie Kirk filling summer naturalist role at Chik-Wauk

In this segment of Where are they now, WTIP’s Rhonda Silence speaks with 2020 graduate Jaymie Kirk, who is attending the University of MN-Duluth, but back in Cook County for the summer.

Jaymie will be working at the Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center as the director of the Nature Center for the summer. However, WTIP has received word from Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center that the season opening has been delayed because of high water levels on the road leading to Chik-Wauk. All hiking trails at the museum and nature center are also closed.

In this interview, Chik-Wauk Nature Center Director Jaymie Kirk joked about kayaking to work. That was almost the case after the recent rains.

Jaymie also shares information about her studies at UMD, which she hopes will include DNA research. WTIP’s Rhonda Silence learns more about that in this interview.


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Where are They Now is made possible in part with funding from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.