Deborah Branch Director June 2017-Dec 2020
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 received attention with the clearing of over growth and with the Joe Ford Library being revamped to become a Nature & History Museum and the creation of the Sensory 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 were slated for the winter of 2018. During 2019 and 2020 the trails have been updated with trail benches, trails outlined and fitness stations placed along Wild Fern and Joe Ford Trail. Some new trails have been extended or added, such as the extension off of Red Bird Trail and the Outer Trail off of Willow Pond Trail.
Deborah had the desire to continue Joe Ford's legacy and is hopeful that it will continue as the mantle is passed on, with the Joe Ford Nature Center remaining a household name. With continued improvements and new children's program she hopes to get the electronic 21st century children into communing with nature.