A: Madison, Wisconsin! That city is my sanctuary. I grew up near a state park, Lake Mendota, land preservations, and many camping locations. Not a day passed that I didn’t feel gratitude.
Q: Why did you decide to get involved with the Nature Museum/C3?
A: When I graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison with a degree in Community and Environmental Sociology, everyone asked me, “So, what are you going to do with that?” I had a position dreamed up in my head that fused together the realms of natural science, education and conservation but didn’t know if it existed! After getting two years of teaching experience in a formal classroom, I felt my background could better be put to use in a less formal, community-centered setting. Engaging with citizens of all ages has and will continue to fuel my passion for learning, relationship building, and change making!
Q: What are you most excited to learn about as part of the new C3 leader group this fall?
A: Water. I have always been attracted to water for many reasons–adventures, calm serenity, as a coming together space, ecosystems, etc. It scares me to think how much we waste, pollute, and take for granted all that it offers us. I have focused other efforts on green space, energy, and community organizing, so I can’t wait to hear the speakers on their water projects.
Q: Anything from the training already blow your mind?
A: Recycling contamination! It frustrated me beyond belief when I learned how a slightly contaminated bin of recycling will not be recycled or sorted at all in Chicago. We need more bright minds—like the people reading this article—to continue to reach out and educate citizens on issues like these! Also, plarn (plastic yarn) that is crocheted into sleeping mats for the city’s homeless population.
Q: What’s one thing people might be surprised to learn about you?
A: I overcame a fear this summer by jumping into possibly shark-infested waters. In Maui, I spent a day thrill-seeking with my wild cousin and some of his friends going from waterfall to waterfall jumping from various heights. I was lucky to learn only after I had jumped that the waters were known to house sharks. My heart still skips a beat when I think about that jump.
Q: If you could pick a spirit animal, what would it be?
A: Dog! I know it’s boring but so true! Getting over-excited to go for walks, always wanting to be around family, lounging by the fire or in a sunny patch by the window, bounding off the dock into the water, pure contentment with a simple toy–that’s the life.