eeCorps Members (2020-21)
Andrew is serving with The Nature Connection and is primarily focused on implementing the “Learn to Bike” program for K-3rd graders. Over the course of his life, Andrew has been increasingly empowered by a deep love of nature and responsible outdoor recreation. Now he seeks to share his personal awakening with the kids and families of Delta County and Olathe. Andrew graduated from The College of Wooster in 2017 with a dual-degree in English and Earth Science. In his time at Wooster, he completed a senior independent study investigating human-earth dynamics in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. In 2016, he presented at The Geologic Society of America conference in Denver, CO, on John Muir’s 19th century scientific observations Alaska and California. Andrew has an affection for travel, sports, and extended stays in the woods. In the fall of 2019, he completed a five-month thru-hike of the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail, backpacking from Mexico to Canada. At this very moment, chances are that he is dreaming of the long, dusty trail.
Artemis is serving with Mountain Studies Institute (MSI) as their Bridging Mountains Environmental Education Coordinator. At MSI, Artemis works on the education team to support public education programming, citizen science, and other outreach projects. Artemis grew up spending most mornings exploring her ten-acre back yard recording and drawing the fauna and flora she heard and saw. Originating from her connection to the natural world, Artemis strives to help others connect with their natural surroundings. While studying Geosciences and Environmental studies at Princeton University, she pursued her love of nature through Princeton’s outdoor and experiential education program as a leader and leader trainer. Last year, as the Recreational Education Teaching Fellow at Conserve School, Artemis facilitated experiences for high school students to help them deepen their connection to the natural world.
Janelle is serving with Catamount Institute as their Middle and High School Program Coordinator. In a tree, covered in mud, examining bugs, with rollerblades strung over my shoulders is the state you would most often find Janelle in as a child. Her yearning for adventure and love for the outdoors has not faded. With great enthusiasm, she studied Environmental Geoscience at West Virginia University. There she began to truly understand the importance of education and the impact she could have as an educator. After school she spent a year abroad learning and studying how others live. Janelle then returned to the U.S. to pursue her education career. Today, she is back in the trees and mud, inspiring students to connect with the outdoors.
Samantha is serving with Metropolitan State University of Denver as their Environmental Educator. This is her first term of service with AmeriCorps. Sam recently graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in environmental studies and was also a captain of the university's Dance Team. She is so excited to work with teachers and students as an Environmental Educator. Being in the Rockies has led her to some of the most beautiful places in the world, and she can’t wait to keep exploring!
Antonio is serving with Thorne Nature Experience as their Environmental Educator and Community Liaison. Antonio grew up in Wisconsin splashing around at Harrington Beach on Lake Michigan and playing in the mud at Kettle Moraine State Park, but also was privileged to have more than his share of incredible teachers. He wants to share his love for natural spaces while inspiring and empowering young people by helping to foster comfort and belonging in nature. He is currently serving with a staff of incredibly kind and supportive people and spending his time with a Pod of super fun kids.
Charly is serving with Thorne Nature Experience as their Nature Preschool Assistant Teacher. Charly was born and raised in Colorado. He has worked with children ranging in ages from 1-14 years old throughout the past three years, where he now serves with children in Pre-K in Lafayette, CO. This is Charly’s first AmeriCorps term, and he is also working on planning his future to help for a better tomorrow.
Anna is currently serving with The Nature Connection as their Generation Wild Outdoor Educator. Growing up in Lander Wyoming, Anna fostered a love for the mountains and a variety of different outdoor activities including hiking, biking, skiing, and snowboarding. Anna graduated in 2020 with a BS in Environmental System Science and a minor in soil science from the University of Wyoming. While attending school, Anna spent summers participating in different research projects such as archaeological field school and Interdisciplinary Climate Change Expedition. Last spring, she participated in a NOLS course in Pacific Northwest that included a month of sea kayaking off the coast of Vancouver Island and mountaineering in the Northern Cascades. Most recently, she served as a crew member for the Wyoming Conservation Corps. Since then, she continues to look closely at the ground while on hikes in hopes of finding cultural artifacts and in appreciation of all the types of soil she encounters. Anna lives in Paonia and can be found biking around town on a quest to find ice cream.
Carly is serving with Bluff Lake Nature Center as their Environmental Educator. Carly was born in Madison, Wisconsin and attended UW-Madison for Environmental Studies and Elementary Education. After experiences in research labs, non-profit internships, outdoor education, and K-8 teaching, Carly found her passions could intertwine perfectly with an experience through CAEE and AmeriCorps. She is excited to be serving at Bluff Lake where she can support programming that focuses on providing quality education programs while making the outdoors accessible to all. She is excited to be in a place where she can spend time hiking, biking, and enjoying all that Colorado has to offer.
Delaney is serving with the Outdoor Wilderness Lab as their OWL Instructor. She is based in Gateway, CO. and serve the students of School District 51 in Grand Junction. She hosts overnight programs full of experience based lessons covering topics in environmental science and social emotional learning. Delaney was drawn to this AmeriCorps position due to the value of education and love for the outdoors. She graduated from Colorado Mesa University with a degree in K-12 Physical Education with an emphasis on Adaptive Physical Education. She was born and raised in Fort Collins, Colorado and loves living in this beautiful state. The majority of her hobbies involve being outdoors. She loves running the trails in the Grand Valley and also mountain biking, hiking, dabbling in climbing and backpacking and loves snowboarding in the winters. Delaney is eager to see how this year of service will impact her life.
Erin is serving with the Outdoor Wilderness Lab as their OWL Instructor, where she is based near Grand Junction, CO. Erin recently graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Natural Resource Conservation with a focus in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. She has always been interested in the field of environmental education throughout her experiences as a camp counselor, sea turtle technician intern, and studying abroad in Hawaii, New Zealand, Australia, and Fiji. She loves being outside from exploring the running trails back home in Philadelphia, PA, relaxing on the beach in North Carolina, or camping and hiking around Colorado!
Chira is currently serving with Bluff Lake Nature Center as their Environmental Educator. Born in Denver, Colorado and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Chira has developed a love for animals and the outdoors, exhibiting this through international conservation projects, working with students ages 5-12 at city summer camps, and facilitating energy education activities for high school students. She is excited to serve and bring our youth closer to nature and get them excited about being outside! Her hobbies include hiking, backpacking, paddle boarding, occasional skiing, and tasting new ice cream. Chira will graduate in May 2021 from Regis University with her bachelor's degree in Environmental Science and minors in Mathematics and Physical Education and is eager to see where serving at Bluff Lake will take her in the future.