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POLLINATOR PROGRAM: TRACI BERRY


Traci Berry has been named one of our first POLLINATOR BEES through the Pollinator Program. We are so excited to introduce her to you. As part of the Giddy Up Challenge, Traci has created community in Hot Springs, Arkansas, encouraging her core group of women to challenge themselves, have fun, and cheer each other on.


Learn more about Traci and her plans as a Pollinator Bee for this year's Giddy Up Challenge below.




Location- where will you be in your community promoting and engaging for the Giddy Up Challenge?

Everywhere :) Mainly Hot Springs. I am trying to engage other areas of our state as well, Northwest Arkansas and the Little Rock (Central Arkansas area).


Briefly tell us how you will engage to get your community fundraising, signed up, and supporting the Giddy Up Challenge.


The team we have built in Hot Springs, AR, The Spa City Lady Gang, has a core group as very active women. I am helping to keep up the stoke within our team and encouraging others in the group to participate in some form. I have reached out to other groups of women in Arkansas to try and grow our Lady Gang team to a statewide team. Still working on that one. Apparently, we are just a bit more crazy in Hot Springs. I have also reached out to a friend who is bow the editor for a statewide publication, Bike Arkansas, in hopes they will either pick up the story or, at the least, promote for us. I am also open to any and all other suggestions


We have several area businesses that are very supportive community partners. I have also thought about reaching out to other businesses for “matches.” Match dollar for dollar, so much per foot of elevation gain, or even miles rode or ran/hiked.


A BIT MORE ABOUT TRACI-

Traci Berry, Visit Hot Springs’ Northwoods Trails Coordinator, is a life-long Arkansan and mother of one, Brandon Berkhan. She grew up in Saline County in the small community of East End and graduated from Sheridan High School in 1992. Traci attended college at Henderson State University where she obtained a bachelor of science in Physical Education with a minor in Health Education. She completed her first masters, Masters in Education, from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 2003 and recently completed her second masters from the Clinton School of Public Service in June of 2020.


Traci worked in public school education for 14 years in the Little Rock, Bentonville, and Mayflower school districts where she taught and coached as well as directed an Alternative Learning Environment program.


In 2010 she helped build the first zipline canopy tour in the state of Arkansas, the Buffalo River Canopy Tour, where she was a tour guide, guide trainer, and manager for the tour from 2010 through 2015.


In 2012 Traci became the race director of Raid the Rock Adventure Race. The Raid the Rock Adventure Race offers an eight and twenty-four hour course which involves navigating with a compass and topographical map over varied terrain by bike, foot, boat, and sometimes ropes.


She became the Northwoods Trails Coordinator in November of 2018 and now resides in Hot Springs, Arkansas with her partner, Katie, their cats, Tobin and Ace, and dogs, Finn, Pepe, and Rix. Traci loves the outdoors and serving her community.



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