Dan Grewing selected as Parks Employee of Year The State Division of Parks and Recreation has selected Dan Grewing, park manager of the Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve, as the 2001 South Dakota State Parks Employee of the Year.
Each year one employee who exemplifies the true mission of the Division is selected for this honor.
Grewing has been with the Division of Parks and Recreation for 21 years. He worked as an assistant park manager at Shadehill Recreation Area from 1980-84. Grewing was a park ranger at Fisher Grove State Park from 1984-85 before being promoted to park manager. In 1996, Grewing transferred from Fisher Grove to the Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve where he is currently the park manager.
"Dan has been instrumental in developing and improving the Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve, a very unique unit of the state park system," said Doug Hofer, state parks director.
Grewing's innovative work includes developing a trail system, implementing a prairie restoration program, upgrading a barn into a visitor center and renovating the Shay/Adams home all located within the 1,500 acres of land donated to the State of South Dakota by Maud and Mary Adams.
"Dan has shown great support of the programs provided at Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve," said Jody Moats, park naturalist. "Children and adults alike enjoy their experience when they visit this area. The positive comments received from the public are largely due to the hard work and many hours Dan works to make the Adams Homestead a place everyone will appreciate and return to time and again."
Hofer told Grewing that, "You have tackled every challenge that has come your way and gained the respect of your peers and the community you serve."