From the humble, plains country, all-American small town of Brush, Colorado (it’s about fifteen miles east of Fort Morgan) came the scientist and philosopher, Stacie Gilmore, hatching like Athena from the skull of Zeus. Though Stacie learned a lot in school, and gained so very much from her parents, her family and her neighbors in Brush, she was also a great student of nature. The sun and waters, the fields and the trees all gave Stacie incredible knowledge and insight into the restorative, peaceful and joyous quality of nature. Like Athena, Stacie’s quest for knowledge did not stop in the experiential. The world was beautiful, yes, but there is so much more to the mind that requires consideration and dedication. So, Stacie Gilmore, in love with nature, graduated Brush High School in ‘88 and went on to receive Bachelors in Science in Zoology and Chemistry from Metropolitan State College of Denver. Her love of nature now came with a powerful knowledge and understanding of nature. Stacie is a scientist, but she needs no lab coat, no dreary cave-like laboratory, no rows of beakers and Bunsen burners, no heads in jars and no weird chemicals.
All Stacie Gilmore needs to create experiments that get results are the great outdoors and a smile. Sure, she got a Masters Degree in Non-Profit Management. Yeah, she worked for the Colorado Division of Wildlife and the Colorado Department of Natural Resources. But the common quest is clear. Knowledge and nature combined create an incredible solution (both in the science sense and the problem-solving sense, right!?). Stacie Gilmore’s thirst for knowledge, her love of science and nature, is so great, so overflowing, powerful and bombastic that it demanded to break out. And in 1996, it sprung forth when Stacie and her husband Scott (a former DOW employee, fisherman, camping aficionado, and all-around inspiring guy) founded Environmental Learning for Kids, or ELK for short. Remember how Stacie doesn’t need a laboratory to be a scientist? That’s because some experiments need the open air to succeed. So, when Stacie and Scott started ELK, they combined the things they knew worked together already, science and nature, and they added one new ingredient: kids. After almost two decades as the Executive Director of ELK, raising over $6M in her tenure, Stacie was honored by The White House as a Champion of Change for Engaging the Next Generation of Conservation Leaders.
Now, she is honored to represent the Front Door to Denver – District 11 as Councilwoman for the City and County of Denver. Stacie believes citizens deserve to live in a community that has smart economic growth, jobs that lead to careers, and a beautiful neighborhood where the quality of life supports their health and well-being. She currently serves as the Chair of the Business, Arts, Workforce and Aeronautical Services council committee and the Economic Workforce Development working group. She is also a member of the Safety, Housing, Education, and Homelessness committee as well as the Special Issues – Marijuana committee. Stacie serves on the boards of the Denver Airport Management Advisory Committee, Denver Preschool Program, Metro Area County Commissioners, Welfare Reform Board and the Office of Strategic Partnerships Commission.