Clinton Township Resident Doug Spiller Retires After 15 Years with Metroparks
Douglas Spiller, supervising interpreter for Stony Creek Metropark Nature Center and Wolcott Mill Metropark Farm Center, retires December 31.
Spiller, of Clinton Township, began his career with the Metroparks in 1997 as the farm manager/supervising interpreter at the newly-opened Wolcott Mill Metropark Farm Center. In 2004, he became the supervising interpreter at Stony Creek Metropark Nature Center, and in 2011, he added supervising the interpretive programs at Wolcott Mill’s Farm Center to his responsibilities.
During his initial term at the farm, Spiller worked to develop and establish the interpretive programs, including programs and events for families, individuals and groups. He was involved in initiating large seasonal programs, including “Farm Halloween,” “Easter Egg Scramble” and Santa programs. He was also involved with designing farm exhibits and developing the farm house.
At Stony Creek Metropark, Spiller was involved in the final stages of planning the new nature center, along with the planning and construction of the nature center’s displays and exhibits. He initiated wagon rides and helped bring back homeschool programs, along with the autumn adventure program for school groups.
“I’ve had a very rewarding career at the Metroparks,” said Spiller, “It’s been the best work experience in my life.”
Spiller earned a bachelor’s degree in human services from Ferris University (Ferris College), and a master’s degree in biology from Wayne State University. Prior to joining the Metroparks, he worked as a biology instructor at Wayne State University. Spiller is a member of the National Association of Interpreters.
After retiring, Spiller plans to relocate to the Florida Keys with his wife, Joan.