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Deborah Branch Director of Joe Ford Nature Center

Deborah Branch is a Hopkins County Native and has lived in Owensboro Ky since 1999.  Married to Keith Branch and they have a total of 4 children, her career has been in the medical profession for the past 37 years but Deborah decided for a new adventure.  Beginning June 2016, Deborah trained as Assistant Director under Grace Ford and upon Ms Ford's retirement in June 2017, the role of director was given to Deborah.  Since June 2017  the Joe Ford Nature Center has undergone a face lift.  The outside grounds has begin getting extra attention with the clearing of over growth and with the Joe Ford Library being  revamped to become a Nature & History Museum with future plans for a Kid Zone.

The Summer of 2017 Nature Camp was introduced as a children's program with many topics such as Indian Artifacts, Rocks and Minerals, All about Bees and many more.  Adults programs are slated for the winter of 2018.


Deborah is a nature enthusiast and loves hiking, flower gardening, biking and many more outdoor activities.  The Joe Ford Nature Center is a good fit for her because being the Director of Joe Ford Nature allows her to fulfill a childhood desire to be a Park Ranger.   


Deborah has the desire to continue Joe Ford's legacy and is hopeful that when she passes the mantle on,  The Joe Ford Nature Center will be a household name.  With continued improvements and new children's program she hopes to get the electronic 21st century children into communing with nature. 


Deborah continues writing the column Nature Notes and where it can be read in the Wednesday Community in the Messenger Inquirer and the McLean County News on Thursday.