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OUTDOORS: Southeast Iowa Sierra Club honors natualist

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Members of the Southeast Iowa Sierra Club present an award May 15 to Jefferson County Naturalist Therese Cummiskey for her “brilliant career teaching and inspiring a deep love of nature in students of all ages.” Cummiskey is retiring at the end of this month after 30 years.
PHOTO SUBMITTED Members of the Southeast Iowa Sierra Club present an award May 15 to Jefferson County Naturalist Therese Cummiskey for her “brilliant career teaching and inspiring a deep love of nature in students of all ages.” Cummiskey is retiring at the end of this month after 30 years.

Members of the Southeast Iowa Sierra Club present an award May 15 to Jefferson County Naturalist Therese Cummiskey for her “brilliant career teaching and inspiring a deep love of nature in students of all ages.”

Cummiskey is retiring at the end of this month after 30 years. Speaking for the Sierra Club, Denyce Rusch thanked Cummiskey for the countless bird walks, school outings, campouts, bake-offs, trail drives, water-testing, and lessons on everything from local archaeology to frog identification.

Rusch continued, “With grace, kindness, love and laughter, you have taught folks how to respect and conserve our natural environment and thereby genuinely find their own love of our earth and place on our planet. The seeds you have sown here will grow, flower and scatter seeds of their own for generations to come.”

Cummiskey and Dennis Lewiston, director of the Jefferson County Conservation Board, are both retiring after a total of 66 years of service to Jefferson County Conservation. An open house is planned 2-5 p.m. June 28 at Jefferson County Park Shelter 3 to celebrate their last day of work.