Kim King-Wrenn (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Merritt Island NWR)
Kim began her conservation career with the National Park Service, going from Everglades National Park to the Grand Canyon and then to Acadia National Park on Maine’s rocky coast. Along the way she learned how gateway communities can be valuable partners in achieving the shared goals of the Service and the local community. She transferred to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 1997, working at Pea Island NWR on the NC coast. There Kim worked with local, state, federal and non-profit partners establishing the Wings Over Water Festival, which became a model for successful public-private partnerships in eco-tourism.
As the Visitor Services Manager at MINWR, Kim works on permitting for eco-tour guides.She and her team host over 1.5 million visitors to the Refuge each year. They provide tours and lectures for visitors from around the world and environmental learning experiences for local schoolchildren.
Kim came to the Refuge in 2015 and has 30 years of service with the Department of the Interior, working on both national wildlife refuges (4) and national parks (10).
Kim is a bird watcher, kayaker, mountain biker and Girl Scout leader. What she enjoys most is
Kim has a BS in Environmental Science from SUNY Plattsburgh with concentration in ecology. Following graduation she worked for the National Park Service gaining experience at both well known parks such as the EvergladesNP, Grand Canyon NP and Acadia NP and lesser known locations including the Indiana Dunes NLS and Assateague Island NS.
From left to right, Kim King-Wrenn, her colleague Breilly Roy, and Chris Fairey from the Merritt Island Wildlife Association accept a check from Ann Bolton, Joe Lackovich, and Richard Quinn on behalf of the NASA Alumni League Florida Chapter.