Junior Nature Camp, Oglebay Institute's Schrader Environmental Center
My love for nature and the great outdoors began on my family's farm in Ohio when I was just a little girl. Being outside there, I really got the sense of exploring and bonding with the land around me. As I grew, this changed into a concern for the degradation of the environment around us. In high school, I started an environmental club focusing on recycling, planting trees and raising awareness with small festivals at the school. In college, I was one of the founding members of the West Virginia University Student Sierra Coalition. This group is still working today to raise awareness on the WVU campus and the Morgantown, WV community.
I received my bachelor's degree in Wildlife Resources from WVU, masters in Public Administration and Nonprofit Management. I have worked for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, West Virginia Raptor Rehabilitation Center and in program and finance for the Mountaineer Area Council, Boy Scouts of America. I am currently enjoying the opportunity to take time off from work to be with our two small children.
The 2012 camping season will mark my 10th year of involvement with Junior Nature Camp - a place that I have grown to love and has also provided me with much love. I met my husband here on my first trip to Junior Nature Camp and now we have the opportunity to work here together to provide nature education to young people. The people we spend these two weeks with every year are much like family you have not seen for too long. It is my hope that each camper here finds something they can take back to their lives at home and at school that will somehow change them and change their small part of the world. Who knows what these young people will do or discover in their lifetimes?
Hi Natasha! Warm welcome to C&NN Connect. I'm the forum host. I'm glad you found us and hope you make yourself at home in discussions and groups. Our Natural Families and Natural Teachers Networks and our Scouting in Nature group will probably interest you, among others. You have such a great background and wonderful enthusiasm. I hope you'll share your activities, ideas and photos with us and find this a rich source of resources. For any questions about the network, see our FAQ page. Hope to see you here again soon. Cheers!