The Greater Gig Harbor Foundation recently named Karen Larson as development director of its EnviroCorps program.
Larson will direct and ensure that the administrative functions for EnviroCorps are operational and fully funded, develop and implement marketing and outreach strategies while coordinating program and volunteer administration.
EnviroCorps is a program of the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation, a qualified nonprofit community foundation working to meet the diverse needs of Washington’s greater Gig Harbor and Key Peninsulas. EnviroCorps was founded in 2004 by Vernon J. Young (1935-2014). Young’s vision was to provide volunteer and sponsorship opportunities to help ensure the our trails, roadways and other public lands are safe and pleasant places.
EnviroCorps supports the Adopt-A-Road and Sponsor-A-Trail initiatives throughout our community while advocating awareness, stewardship and protection of natural resources.
Larson has spent the last 10 years as a Washington State University Pierce County Master Gardener, using research-based horticultural information to advise county residents on sustainable methods of gardening. She was the driving force behind the establishment of the Master Gardener Demonstration Garden at Sehmel Homestead Park and also serves on the board of directors for the Master Gardener Foundation of Pierce County.
Larson moved to the Pacific Northwest more than 12 years ago, and couldn’t imagine herself living anywhere else. Her interests include backpacking, photography and genealogy research.
“My camera was kept in my car the entire first year I lived in Gig Harbor because I found myself constantly marveling at the natural beauty all around me,” Larson said in a release. “Taking the helm at EnviroCorps will enable me to contribute to the preservation of the abundant natural resources we are so blessed with here in the Gig Harbor area. ”
Larson will be working with the Foundation’s Parks and Environment Core Area Board.