I was interested in nature at a very young age, so it’s only natural that my first job was in conservation. The summer after my sophomore year of high school, I traveled to Virginia to be a team member for the Virginia Youth Conservation Corps at First Landing State Park. As crew members, the other girls and I had many duties which included trail maintenance, installation of flood lights around the cabins of the park, building of foot wash stations on the beach, building boardwalks, and other conservation efforts. It was a wonderful, yet strenuous summer, and I loved every second of it.
While attending UW- Stevens Point for Natural Resource Management, as well as Environmental Education and Interpretation, I had the opportunity to work in the insect collection lab in the Natural Resource Center. My duties as assistant curator were to collect, identify, classify, and catalog insect specimens, and to incorporate them into the research and teaching collections for the University. I also maintained the collection, organizing it, as well as creating displays for use by the University.While attending the university, I also had the chance to work at the Schmeeckle Reserve by producing and presenting public programs on natural and cultural resources.
I also had the opportunity of teaching students at the Central Wisconsin Environmental Station (CWES) while at UWSP. I taught students attending the Charter school at CWES, as well as visiting school groups from all over Wisconsin. It was a truly amazing experience.