Grandfather Mountain education director receives national honor

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Article Published: Jul. 19, 2012 | Modified: Jul. 19, 2012
Grandfather Mountain education director receives national honor

Jesse Pope leads a visiting school group in a nature-based game. In 2004, Pope developed the naturalist program at Grandfather Mountain that now serves thousands of school children each year. 

Photo by Helen Moss Davis

Grandfather Mountain director of education and natural resources Jesse Pope has been selected as a member of the “Forty for the Future,” a talent project by the Southeast Tourism Society.

The purpose of the award is to recognize 40 young professionals younger than 40 from across the country in the tourism industry.

The goal is to highlight certain younger professionals whose work and commitment to travel and tourism has made a positive difference.

Pope came to Grandfather in 2002 as a wildlife keeper and backcountry ranger.

In 2004, Pope’s extraordinary knowledge and friendly demeanor led management to ask him to develop a naturalist program for Grandfather Mountain, according to officials at Grandfather.

During his tenure as chief naturalist, Pope took the program from the seed of an idea to the experience that visitors report adds the most value to a visit.

In 2010, he was named director of education and natural resources, developing and overseeing educational experiences, conservation efforts and resource management, among other duties.
For more information about Southeast Tourism Society and the “Forty for the Future Award,” visit the Southeast Tourism Society website at

For more information on Grandfather Mountain, visit or call (800) 468-7325.

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