C3 Staff Spotlight: Meet Claire!

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Claire Howick joined the C3 staff in August. She’s a great addition to the team, we love her enthusiasm for conservation and science! Check out our Q&A below to learn more about Claire.

Qclaire grad: Where are you from?

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, cclaire door countyommunity-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 claire madisonspeakers 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?claire devils lake

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?claire snakes

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.

 

 

*Say hello to Claire at upcoming C3 Leader Trainings and Club Network Meetings

Symphony of the Soil

Chicago Premiere of Symphony of the Soil at Facets Cinémathèque

Symphony of the Soil opens Friday, October 4 and runs through Thursday, October 10 at Facets Cinémathèque

Director Deborah Koons Garcia will be present for a QandA post screening on Friday (10/4), Saturday (10/5) and Sunday (10/6) evening programs.

Symphony of the Soil is a new feature-length documentary from Deborah Koons Garcia (The Future of Food) that explores the complexity and mystery of soil. Filmed on four continents and sharing the voices of some of the world’s most highly esteemed soil scientists, farmers, and activists, the film portrays soil as a protagonist of our planetary story. In a skillful mix of art and science, soil is revealed to be a living organism, the foundation of life on earth. Most people are soil-blind and “treat soil like dirt.” With the knowledge and wisdom revealed in this film, we can come to respect, even revere, this miraculous substance. The film inspires the understanding that treating the soil right can help solve some of our most pressing environmental problems, from climate change, to dead zones, to feeding an ever increasing world population.

Advance tickets available from the Facets Cinémathèque here.

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