Jodi French-BurrJodi is a life long natural and cultural heritage enthusiast. Growing up hiking and camping led her to earn a degree in Recreation & Wildlife from Ohio’s Hocking Technical College were she began an in-depth study of flora and fauna and developed a fondness for wildflowers and Appalachian ecology. Jodi currently is an Intreptive National Park Service Park Ranger for over 30 years. As a "teacher in a park," she strives to share her love of nature with others and help people find their own connection to the world around them. In her work at New River Gorge National River she helped develop and coordinate the annual events New River Gorge Wildflower Weekend (2000), Hidden History Weekend (2009), and Youth Arts in the Parks and youth wildflower art contest (2009). Jodi is a Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics Master Instructor, as well as an instructor and a leader for the New River Gorge Chapter of West Virginia Master Naturalist. Her love of nature comes through in her naturalist work as a storyteller, sharing tales of flora and fauna folklore and mythology. “There is always something exciting to discover and learn in nature!”