Meet the 2017-18 Environmental Educators!


2017-18 School Year Environmental Educators. From left to right: Leah, Augusta, Abby, Allison.

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

22405984_10208029831862844_8028356776603416466_nFavorite 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
18422354_10213685318873233_1698798777257918491_oFavorite 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
Major: Biology

14305358_1219794941421819_3626040391728042624_o.jpg 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.





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