Mounds State Park’s interpretive naturalist has earned the Clyde W. Hibbs Conservation Education Award from the Robert Cooper Audubon Society.

The award recognizes Angie Manuel for “excellence in educating the area’s children, youth or adults on conservation issues and practices.”

“I think it shows that the projects that go on at Mounds are really fun and exciting,” Manuel said.

Barb Stedman, president emeritus of the Robert Cooper Audubon Society presented Manuel the award at a Nov. 14 ceremony in Muncie. She called Manuel a great friend to the Audubon Society and an enthusiastic teacher with a gift for hands-on education.

Manuel organizes youth day camps and community nature hikes and coordinates with park volunteers on conservation projects, including trail improvements and invasive plant management. She also volunteers at the Wildlife Resqu Haus, a nearby bird rehabilitation facility, and is a frequent speaker at functions for community groups such as the Audubon Society and Madison County Master Gardeners.

Manuel has worked at Mounds State Park for five years and previously worked at Indiana Dunes and Potato Creek state parks.

The Robert Cooper Audubon Society is a regional chapter of the National Audubon Society and serves seven counties in east-central Indiana. The Clyde W. Hibbs Conservation Education Award is named after the founder of the Ball State University Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management.

Mounds State Park is at 4306 Mounds Road, Anderson, 46017.

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