The Leader’s View: A New Beginning

July 29, 2015 Posted by: Laura Sears
Greetings! My name is Laura Sears and I am the Lead for the George Perkins Marsh Interns. I am acting as a mentor to the four younger interns and facilitating their time here at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park. My development into the conservationist I am today truly began when I was about three years old, when I caught a frog in my bare hands for the first time, but I will skip ahead to my college years. (There are many experiences I could talk about that fed my passion for nature during this time, please ask me about them If you see me in the park!) In 2012 graduated from the University of Delaware with a bachelor's degree in Wildlife Conservation with minors in Entomology (the study of bugs!) and Spanish. Just after college I was accepted to the Student Conservation Association Hudson Valley Corps. For ten months I worked as an Assistant Naturalist at Grafton Lakes State Park, just outside of Troy, NY. During this time I helped to plan and present all of the park's educational programs, and it was then that I decided to forge a career in Environmental Education. In fact, I enjoyed my time at Grafton so much that I stayed on for a second term, continuing to hone my skills as an educator and a naturalist. Afterwards, I searched for new opportunities in Environmental Education, and came across yet another position with the SCA, as a National Crew Leader. It was through this program that I was placed here at MBRNHP. Now I am working with the four other interns as they rotate through the different divisions of the park, helping out with various projects and learning about the many career opportunities within the National Park System. I am very excited to guide them through their experiences this summer and to watch them grow into more mature and focused individuals. I hope that they will learn much about nature and themselves, and that they will go on to be conservation leaders as well. Here's to new friends and new experiences! Let's have an adventure!  

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