Friendly Staff

Amy Hughes

Mike Maher, Director

Why I Love my Job:  Springbrook Nature Center is the perfect place to explore and appreciate the beauty, wonder and science of nature.  As a City of Fridley park, we serve the residents of Fridley through a wide variety of education and recreation opportunities.  Our location also connects us with visitors from throughout Minnesota and across the globe as our park is recognized as a critical habitat and watershed in the Twin Cities metro area.  I sincerely appreciate the opportunity to dedicate my career to the goal of connecting our many visitors and program participants with the natural world. 

Jan Swanson, Administrative Program Assistant

Why I love my job:  I have had the pleasure of being Springbrook's Admin.Program Asst. for more than 20 years.  During these years I have had the privilege of sharing this "special place" with so many people.  Working with countless volunteers, parents of excited children, nature enthusiasts and a warm caring staff makes each and everyday worthwhile.

Deep Thoughts:  A healthy ecosystem working together reveals its beauty in nature.  Families and friends sharing time together at Springbrook reveals its worth.
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Tara Rogness, Interpretive Program Supervisor

Why I love my job:  What could be better than being able to spend time outside with kids?  I feel very lucky to be on staff at Springbrook, it is a warm community of people, and I am very proud of the work that is accomplished here.  

Favorite Nature Quote:
"Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience."  Ralph Waldo Emerson 
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Curtis Pribula, Maintenance

Why I love my job:
I see myself as contributing to the team that maintains this jewel in our metropolitan area.  It is a privilege to be so close to nature and the quiet.

Favorite Quote:
"Listen to the earth and it will teach you."

Matthew Ripley, Interpretive Naturalist

Why I love my job:


I was the child who couldn't sit still in a classroom, who longed to be outside and experiencing nature, who excelled in hands-on lab and field work.  I see what the impact that environmental education can have on a child first-hand.  It is an honor to be able to impact people's relationship to the natural world and nurture a deep respect for our environment.  Plus my office is better than pretty much anything else you could choose.

Favorite Joke:

Q: When does a lizard go "moo"?

A: When it is learning a new language! 

Amy Hughes, Interpretive Naturalist
Why I love my job: 

I have the privilege to teach about the outdoors in the outdoors! I can teach others that it is ok to try something new, take risks, touch something slimey, and get dirty... all while learning something! I get to work with the best people (and reptiles and amphibians) and for the best purpose: to strengthen people's connections to the natural world!

Favorite Joke:

Q: What do you call a fish with no eyes?? 

A: A Fsh!