The fall at River Bend has been a whirlwind of crafts, kids and outdoor adventures. We are pleased to announce our Environmental Educator office is finally FULL! In celebration, we would like to share a little bit about ourselves with the River Bend community. Each one of us brings different experiences to this position and we are excited to combine our knowledge and creativity to deliver great programs. If you see us around River Bend, say hi!
Hometown: Fort Atkinson, WI
Major: Botany and Environmental Studies
Favorite Food: Tie between Indian food and cheese.
Inspiring Female Role Model: Nora McInerny Purmort.
Preferred MN weather: Snow days!
Favorite Animal: I’m more interested in plants, not great with the animals.
What did you want to be when you grew up? A hairdresser, because they are so friendly and talkative. But, it turns out I’m bad at doing hair and makeup…
Best Childhood Nature Memory: My little sister and I would get really into building sandcastles whenever we were at a beach.
Favorite Invasive Species to Kill: Garlic Mustard, because it is rewarding to pull and you can use it to make pesto!
Best River Bend moment so far: Coordinating our power rangers costumes for Bats, Bones and Bonfires.
Hometown: Duluth, MN
Major: Wildlife Ecology Research and Management
Favorite Food: Hard to choose between pizza and tacos.
Preferred MN weather: Cool summer nights.
Favorite Animal: Spotted Hyena.
Inspiring Female Role Model: Jane Goodall.
What did you want to be when you grew up? A wildlife biologist partly because of Steve Irwin and partly because my parents brought me to National Parks.
Favorite Invasive Species to Kill: Buckthorn.
Best River Bend moment so far: Making turkey calls with preschoolers.
Best Childhood Nature Memory: Watching a huge buck walk under my Dad’s deer stand.
Hometown: West Liberty, IA
Major: Animal Ecology and Forestry
Favorite Food: Any kind of soup-so happy it’s soup season!
Preferred MN weather: Sunny fall days.
Favorite Animal: Timber Wolf.
Inspiring Female Role Model: Terri Irwin.
What did you want to be when you grew up? A veterinarian because I love animals! I also wanted to have my own nature TV show.
Best Childhood Nature Memory: Adventuring along the river with my Dad and siblings, fishing and looking for creatures with dip nets.
Favorite Invasive Species to Kill: Garlic Mustard.
Best River Bend moment so far: Bug searching with some very enthusiastic kiddos! One of the best days.
Hometown: Blaine, MN
Favorite food: All of the breakfast foods.
Preferred MN weather: Winter.
Favorite Animal: Fox.
Favorite outdoor recreation activity: Downhill skiing.
What did you want to be when you grew up? A veterinarian, because I love animals.
Best Childhood Nature Memory: Climbing pine trees at my family’s cabin in Northern Wisconsin. The not-so-fun part was trying to get sap off of my hands and clothes!
Favorite Invasive Species to Kill: Common Mullein.
Best River Bend moment so far: Building a beaver lodge with Science Club kiddos.