Penny Jarrett has worked in environmental education and wildlife conservation for over twenty years and is currently the Education Coordinator at the Mound House.
Previously, Penny worked at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden for 15 years in the Education Department. Her work included travels to Belize, Peru, Ecuador, Kenya, Botswana and Namibia where she learned not only about the local wildlife, but about the people and cultures of the region. Her interest in primates and other wildlife took her to the Republic of Congo where she lived in the rain forest at a Wildlife Conservation Society research camp and studied Western lowland gorillas, forest elephants, and other large mammals inhabiting the Nouabale Ndoki National Park. Upon returning to the United States, she worked as a Marine Mammal Observer in the Gulf of Mexico. In 2012, she moved to Fort Myers Beach to work for the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission protecting, monitoring, and educating the public about Florida’s beach nesting birds and continues to stay involved in shorebird conservation. Upon visiting the Mound House, Penny looks forward to sharing her knowledge and the rich history of the Mound House with you