Jared McGovern, a Peosta, IA native, is a nature enthusiast. Jared’s passion for environmental education led to him studying Conservation and Environmental Interpretation/Education at Iowa State University and later receiving Master’s in Organizational Leadership from Clarke University in 2018.
Throughout his career, Jared worked at various organizations nationwide. Most notably in Dubuque, Jared was the Director of Conservation Programs at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium. Holding many positions and responsibilities throughout the years at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, he was highly valued and demonstrated his dedication to conservation and education for a total of 14 wonderful years.
As Director, Jared McGovern will play a pivotal role in ensuring the successful development and seamless operation of The Wanderwood Gardens. His extensive experience in education and conservation makes him the ideal candidate to curate an enriching experience for visitors while maintaining a strong commitment to ecological sustainability.
The Wanderwood Gardens is set to open its gates in spring 2025, welcoming adventurers and day-dreamers of all ages to embark on an unforgettable play experience. This unique destination will feature interactive art, nature-inspired play areas, and educational programs to encourage a deep appreciation for the natural world.