2015-10-27 / Front Page

Owen County SWCD Welcomes Andrea Oeding As New Director

by Michael Stanley
Staff Writer


Andrea Oeding, Owen County’s newest soil and water conservation district executive director, began her new job on Monday, October 26. (Staff Photo) Andrea Oeding, Owen County’s newest soil and water conservation district executive director, began her new job on Monday, October 26. (Staff Photo) Andrea Oeding is the new executive director of the Owen County Soil & Water Conservation District.

A native of Saint Anthony, Indiana, Oeding currently resides in Bloomington and has worked at the WonderLab Museum of Science, Health & Technology for the past seven years, most recently as assistant gallery manager.

“I mostly interact with visitors and volunteers on the floor and I do a special program called Science Of Art,” she said. “I do preschool programs and interactive science demonstrations.”

Oeding, though, is no stranger to Owen County, having worked for three summers as a seasonal interpretive naturalist at McCormick’s Creek State Park.

“I worked at McCormick’s Creek for three seasons and worked in environmental education,” she said. “I became connected with people in Spencer, some of the teachers and community members who were coming out for water quality testing and things like that.”

After graduating from Forrest Park High School, Oeding attended Indiana University in Bloomington where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in outdoor recreation resource management, concentrating on environmental education.

“I’m also from a farming community, so I know a little about soil and water. One of my parents’ friends works for the Dubois County Soil and Water, so she gave me some insight when I heard about the opening,” Oeding noted. “I think I got really lucky and I’m excited to see what all this entails. I think a lot of it is going to be learning from the community about what needs we have and going from there.”

On Tuesday, Oeding met with the local SWCD Board of Directors during the board’s monthly meeting and received the keys to her office. Her first official day as executive director was Monday, October 26.

“We are building on the successes of the last year and a half with (former director) Kelsey (Thetonia) and think that Andrea (Oeding) has the skills to not only continue that success, but take us to the next level with her experiences at WonderLab and McCormick’s Creek,” said Paul Cummings, current president of the Owen County SWCD Board of Directors. “We look forward to her leadership on MYPath and working with landowners to solve conservation issues.”

The Owen County SWCD office is located at 743 East Franklin Street in Spencer and is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. The office can be reached by phone at 812- 829-2605.

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