David Imbrogno

David A. Imbrogno’s career has focused on conceiving, developing and implementing institutional growth and change for a wide variety of organizations.  In his long career in parks, natural areas, outdoor education, and museums, he has led strategic transformation in small nature centers, a large museum complex, a governmental metro park system and, a 14,000 acre natural area, arboretum and research facility.

Dave’s skills are diverse.  They include strategic planning, natural resource management, outdoor education, parks and recreation, organizational re-structuring, technology solutions, visitor services, as well as marketing and media.  He has directed the daily activities of a wide range of departments and disciplines including natural areas management, natural areas research, conservation horticulture, parks and recreation, and outdoor education.  He also has extensive experience in fund raising, managing capital campaigns, earned income strategies, and facilities operations.

Dave has served as Executive Director of Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest in Clermont, Kentucky and Mill Creek MetroParks in northeast Ohio.  Bernheim includes a 14,000 acre natural area with a nationally-recognized garden and arboretum, a natural areas and conservation horticulture research program, an award winning LEED Platinum visitor center, interactive outdoor exhibits, and an international artist-in-residence program.  Mill Creek MetroParks has seven parks including a botanic garden, nature preserves, educational farm; an 1800’s working grist mill, two golf courses, and extensive recreational facilities.

Dave stared his career as Assistant Chief Naturalist for the Hamilton County (Ohio) Park District.  He was instrumental in developing a pioneering a program in natural areas management, habitat restoration and related educational activities.  It has become a model for MetroParks across the country.  As Deputy Director of the Cincinnati Museum of Natural History and its Edge of Appalachia Preserve System, Dave managed the Museum’s educational activities, travel program, planetarium, children’s museum and a 12,000 acre preserve system.  He has led trips and expeditions to Kenya, Ecuador, Peru, Galapagos Islands, China, Indonesia, India, Philippines, Mexico, the Canadian Rockies, and Alaska among others.  This year, Dave joined a variety of researchers, artists, and conservation professionals on an expedition to northern Florida in search of the once though extinct Ivory Billed Woodpecker.

Dave has assisted with strategic planning and institutional transformation for the Arts and Cultural Attractions Forum in Kentucky (ACA), The Centre for Contemplative Dialogue, the American Public Gardens Associations (APGA), the Ohio Museums Association (OMA), and many other large and small organizations.  He is a board member of CityScape Youngstown, the Mahoning River Corridor Steering Committee, and the Center for Contemplative Dialogue.  Dave has served in various capacities on the boards of the Ohio Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, Oxbow Incorporated, the Midwest Museums Association, the Ohio Museums Association, and Images Photographic Art Gallery.  Dave has been a leader in many community projects including serving as co-chair of a Cincinnati Bicentennial Commission committee which developed a three mile, walkway and history of life timeline along Cincinnati’s historic riverfront.

A sought after speaker, Dave has spoken to, and conducted workshops for, a wide range of organizations including the American Public Garden Association (APGA), the Association of Nature Center Directors (ANCA), and others.  His topics include sustainable operations, the use of new teaching technologies in the outdoors, and creative organizational structures which encourage ongoing growth and change.  He was an invited speaker and session chair to the World Congress on Wilderness in Bangalore, India, and the World Congress on an International Approach to Sustainability Education in Delhi, India.

Dave received his degree from the University of Cincinnati in Natural Resource Management and Informal Science Education.  He also received additional training from a variety of academic and other organizations including the Walt Disney Training Institute.

Dave lives in Ohio and spends his free time traveling, photographing, canoeing, gardening, and exploring the world with his wife.

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David A. Imbrogno’s career has focused on conceiving, developing and implementing institutional growth and change for a wide variety of organizations. In his long career in parks, natural areas, outdoor education, and museums, he has led strategic transformation in small nature centers, a large museum complex, a governmental metro park system and, a 14,000 acre natural area, arboretum and research facility.

Dave’s skills are diverse. They include strategic planning, natural resource management, outdoor education, parks and recreation, organizational re-structuring, technology solutions, visitor services, as well as marketing and media. He has directed the daily activities of a wide range of departments and disciplines including natural areas management, natural areas research, conservation horticulture, parks and recreation, and outdoor education. He also has extensive experience in fund raising, managing capital campaigns, earned income strategies, and facilities operations. .

Dave has served as Executive Director of Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest in Clermont, Kentucky and Mill Creek MetroParks in northeast Ohio. Bernheim includes a 14,000 acre natural area with a nationally-recognized garden and arboretum, a natural areas and conservation horticulture research program, an award winning LEED Platinum visitor center, interactive outdoor exhibits, and an international artist-in-residence program. Mill Creek MetroParks has seven parks including a botanic garden, nature preserves, educational farm; an 1800’s working grist mill, two golf courses, and extensive recreational facilities. (Read More)

Dave stared his career as Assistant Chief Naturalist for the Hamilton County (Ohio) Park District. He was instrumental in developing a pioneering a program in natural areas management, habitat restoration and related educational activities. It has become a model for MetroParks across the country. As Deputy Director of the Cincinnati Museum of Natural History and its Edge of Appalachia Preserve System, Dave managed the Museum’s educational activities, travel program, planetarium, children’s museum and a 12,000 acre preserve system. He has led trips and expeditions to Kenya, Ecuador, Peru, Galapagos Islands, China, Indonesia, India, Philippines, Mexico, the Canadian Rockies, and Alaska among others. This year, Dave joined a variety of researchers, artists, and conservation professionals on an expedition to northern Florida in search of the once though extinct Ivory Billed Woodpecker.

Dave has assisted with strategic planning and institutional transformation for the Arts and Cultural Attractions Forum in Kentucky (ACA), The Centre for Contemplative Dialogue, the American Public Gardens Associations (APGA), the Ohio Museums Association (OMA), and many other large and small organizations. He is a board member of CityScape Youngstown, the Mahoning River Corridor Steering Committee, and the Center for Contemplative Dialogue. Dave has served in various capacities on the boards of the Ohio Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, Oxbow Incorporated, the Midwest Museums Association, the Ohio Museums Association, and Images Photographic Art Gallery. Dave has been a leader in many community projects including serving as co-chair of a Cincinnati Bicentennial Commission committee which developed a three mile, walkway and history of life timeline along Cincinnati’s historic riverfront.

A sought after speaker, Dave has spoken to, and conducted workshops for, a wide range of organizations including the American Public Garden Association (APGA), the Association of Nature Center Directors (ANCA), and others. His topics include sustainable operations, the use of new teaching technologies in the outdoors, and creative organizational structures which encourage ongoing growth and change. He was an invited speaker and session chair to the World Congress on Wilderness in Bangalore, India, and the World Congress on an International Approach to Sustainability Education in Delhi, India.

Dave received his degree from the University of Cincinnati in Natural Resource Management and Informal Science Education. He also received additional training from a variety of academic and other organizations including the Walt Disney Training Institute.

Dave lives in Ohio and spends his free time traveling, photographing, canoeing, gardening, and exploring the world with his wife. David currently serves as Founding Executive Director of the Forest Exploration Center in Wisconsin.


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