by Kelly J. Riibe
Jody Moats has a thrilling and fun job that involves getting outdoors, guiding tourists, visiting school classrooms, and sharing her office space with a chicken and a duck. Jody is originally from Webster City, Iowa, however The Mount Rushmore State has proudly claimed her as own of their own ever since she crossed the Mighty Mo and made the move to East River in order to take on a job at the beautiful Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve, which is located at the very edge of Union County.
The relocation to a new state was great for Jody and her daughter McKenna, as they now live within walking distance of the homestead site and the numerous trails within the nature preserve. The mother of one has worked hard to show her daughter how much fun can be had in the wild. Their adventures and experiences together make for wonderful memories.
Jody mentioned that she and her ex-husband were always good about introducing McKenna at a young age to recreational activities, “Whether it was taking her for walks in the prairie in a backpack or duck hunting in a marsh, we wanted her to respect and enjoy the outdoors.”