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Cari Powell

Festival of the Cranes and Desert Arboretum Manager

Cari Powell began volunteering at the Desert Arboretum in the fall of 2020 and has been on staff with the Friends of Bosque del Apache as the Desert Arboretum Manager since the fall of 2021.  In the summer of 2023 Cari began managing the Pollinator Habitat Enhancement Project at the Observation Blind Trail and beginning in 2024, she is also the Festival of the Cranes Manager.

Cari was born in Kansas and earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Washburn University.  She began working for non-profits shortly thereafter when she completed her first AmeriCorps VISTA term with a local community gardening organization.   In 2012, she moved to Durango, CO to complete a second AmeriCorps VISTA term.  Afterwards she worked in social services and as a program manager at a non-profit.  After tiring of the cold and longing to be closer to cacti and chile, she moved to Socorro in 2017.

Since then, Cari has leaned into her passion for native plants and cacti. She has a large greenhouse at home and operates a small business selling native cacti, succulents, house plants and veggie seedlings.




















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