Our Staff

Beth Nobles
Executive Director

Beth had her first experience with trails as a member of the Youth Conservation Corps in Illinois state parks while still in high school. Since then, she’s worked in museums, cultural institutions, nonprofit organization and higher education with a common theme–building partnerships for increased organizational stability and community investment. Following twenty years at the University of Iowa Foundation, she led the new nonprofit Texas Mountain Trail in Far West Texas for a decade; and served as Deputy Director of the statewide advocacy nonprofit, BikeTexas during the extended medical leave of their Executive Director. She served as President of the Tierra Grande Texas Master Naturalist chapter; has organized heritage bike routes and wildlife trails; and enjoys hiking, biking and trail running. She’s a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where, in the late 70s she rode her bike to class using the protected bike lanes on campus. She’s proud and happy to be a new resident of Colorado.

Email: bnobles@sandcreekgreenway.org

Courtney Garwood
Education Program Manager and Event Coordinator

Courtney comes to the Sand Creek Regional Greenway Partnership with almost a decade of outdoor and education experience. Originally from Delaware, she has lived in Maryland, Georgia, and Montana before settling in Denver, CO. Courtney spends her free time hiking and climbing, and enjoys exploring the outdoor spaces around Denver almost as much as she enjoys being in the mountains. Courtney is excited for her new role as the education program manager and event coordinator where she will mainly be working with youth to learn about and explore the Greenway. She graduated from Mount St. Mary’s University with a B.S. in Business Marketing and Georgia College & State University with an M.Ed. in Outdoor Education Administration.

Email: cgarwood@sandcreekgreenway.org

Emily Schaeffer
Communications Outreach Manager

Emily, growing up in Acadia National Park, has a fierce love of nature, while the greater Maine mindset fostered a strong sense of community.  Therefore, she has happily worked for Sand Creek since she moved to the Denver Metro area in 2016.  Starting as an intern through Johnson & Wales University, she is now employed directly by SCRGP as the Communications Outreach Manager.  You can see Emily’s handiwork in many of SCRGP’s creative endeavors, such as posters and games.

Email: eschaeffer@sandcreekgreenway.org




Kate Kramer

Kate Kramer
Former Executive Director; now Manager, Go Wild Northeast Coalition

Kate worked at the SCRGP for over ten years. She wrote and administered a large three year grant to GOCO to coordinate the Inspire Initiative in the northeast Metro area to excite Coloradans, particularly young people, to appreciate, enjoy, learn about and steward our great outdoors. This initiative asks for the support of local community coalitions to work with neighborhoods to develop parks, trails and programs with the intention of getting youth and their families into their local community green spaces, eventually expanding their exploration into the backcountry. Sand Creek Greenway is proud to be a part of this coalition, delivering environmental education to children in the neighborhoods around our greenway.

While at Sand Creek, Kate noted a good day of work included being on the Greenway, removing tamarisk, picking up trash, writing grants, and planting trees. Kate has held numerous positions in non-profits and governments over the past twenty-five years, including the Western Center for Environmental Decision-making, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the Offices of Governors Romer and Lamm, and the Denver New Airport Office. She graduated from Grinnell College in Iowa and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in Massachusetts.

As of 12/31/17, Kate Kramer’s email: kkramer@gowildnemc.org
Inquiries involving Sand Creek Greenway should be directed to our new Executive Director, bnobles@sandcreekgreenway.org



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About the Greenway

The Sand Creek Regional Greenway is a jewel in the necklace of trails that has made Denver a national model for linked trail systems.

This 14-mile public greenway connects the High Line Canal in Aurora, Colorado with the South Platte River Greenway in Commerce City. Along the way, it passes through northeast Denver and the new Stapleton community.

The Sand Creek Regional Greenway is open every day from dawn until dusk. Runners, walkers, nature viewers, horseback riders, and leashed dogs are encouraged to enjoy the trail. We invite you to become acquainted with our wilderness in the city.


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