eeCorps Members (2021-22)
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.
Cailyn is serving with Water Education Colorado (WEco) as the K-12 Water Educator Liaison. Cailyn was born and raised in Southern Illinois, where she raised and showed pigs, participated in 4-H and FFA. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2020 with a double B.S. in Animal Sciences and Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences. Throughout college, Cailyn was privileged to have a variety of experiences that allowed her to diversify her skillset and further expand her love for nature, animals, and service. Cailyn is excited to serve with WEco since she can intertwine her skills gained in student organizations with her love for advocating for water education and conservation. Cailyn recently moved to Denver, and has enjoyed her time hiking, camping, and exploring the city.
Luke is serving with Mountain Studies Institute as their Bridging Mountains Environmental Education Coordinator. From the moment he moved to Colorado, Luke instantly fell in love with the variety of landscapes across the state. He is committed to helping bring students closer to the environment that surrounds them through a deeper understanding of its inner workings. With a passion for ecology and a never satiated appetite for learning, Luke strives to use his knowledge and energy to connect more people with the natural world. In his free time, Luke can be found in the vertical world climbing anything he can get his hands on.
Lauren is serving as an Environmental Educator at Bluff Lake Nature Center. She is a recent graduate of University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Environmental Science and certificate in Sustainability. During her studies, she has worked with kids, families, and the general public at the UW-Madison Arboretum, sought to improve composting on campus through a student organization, and enjoyed working in a research based aphid ecology lab. As a Wisconsin native, she looks forward to working with kids, spreading her passion for the environment, and exploring all that beautiful Colorado has to offer!
Tatum is serving as the Nature Preschool Assistant Teacher at Thorne Nature Experience. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to be part of Thorne and help facilitate the love of nature with the preschool students. Tatum grew up in Northern California and moved to Colorado to attend CSU, where she graduated with a B.S. in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources. Since graduating, she has followed her passion for the outdoors, working at Golden Gate National Park Conservancy and Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. But her experience working for Avid4Adventure in Boulder solidified her desire to work with children and help foster a connection to nature while learning through outdoor play. Tatum loves hiking, rock climbing, yoga, dogs, hot sauce, and lacrosse.
Miriam is serving with the Boulder Valley School District as their Food System Education Program Assistant. As a recent graduate from Colorado College with a degree in Environmental Studies, Miriam is thrilled to continue working for the causes she is most passionate about while living on the Front Range. After time spent baking for a local cafe, guiding fifth graders on nature adventures, farming in the Italian countryside, and encouraging proper waste diversion at school, Miriam is eager to apply her experiences to her service with eeCorps. When she's not in the kitchen innovating a meal from a random collection of ingredients or feeding her sourdough starter for the next batch of bead, she can be found exploring natural areas and questing for a refreshing stream of water to relax by.
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.
Chesney is serving with Catamount Institute as their Middle Program Coordinator. Chesney is originally from Illinois, but moved to Colorado last year. She studied environmental public health in college and is currently working on a master's degree in natural resources. She's extremely passionate about the environment and learning just how much people affect different ecosystems, as well as how to make changes for the better. When not serving, Chesney loves hiking, running, and giving back to the community, especially in the form of trail work. She's very excited to be serving with Catamount Institute to spark others' interest in the environment!
Reed is serving with Wild Bear Nature Center in Nederland as their Nature Educator. Reed graduated from Western Washington University with a degree in Environmental Science. He is helping to develop and implement outdoor education programs for Colorado's youth, to help teach ideas and values of sustainability and environmental stewardship. As this is Reed's first time serving with AmeriCorps, he's excited to share his love of the outdoors and natural spaces with new students and friends.
Katie is serving with Dinosaur Ridge as their Programs Assistant. One of her favorite places to explore and bring visitors, Katie is excited to be helping Dinosaur Ridge expand its virtual and audio programming that supplement the great discoveries and history offered through tours at the site. New to Colorado, she's quite the fan of local hikes, enjoying expanding her skills in plant identification and foraging.
Mackenzie is serving with the Outdoor Wilderness Lab as their OWL Instructor. She is based in the beautiful Gateway, CO. Mackenzie graduated in 2021 from Saint Louis University with a B.S. in Biology, focusing on ecology and conservation, as well as a minor in Spanish. She has always loved nature, thanks to countless hours as a kid spent watching Steve Irwin's wild, educational adventures on TV. Over the past few years, she has lived in, interned at, and recreationally explored national parks all over the West, educating people, studying wildlife, and hitting the trails. Any day in the outdoors is a great day for Mackenzie! She is beyond excited to live in a new state and foster meaningful relationships between the students and the environment they will be living and learning in.
Wyatt is serving as an Environmental Educator at Bluff Lake Nature Center. He is a recent graduate of the Colorado School of Mines, where he majored in Environmental Engineering with a minor in Engineering for Community Development. Born in Fort Worth, TX, Wyatt's interest in protecting the natural world came about through a high school science class and his first job as a grocery store bagger, in which he was able to reflect upon the ways humans interact with the planet. He has a strong background working with youth through working at multiple summer camps over the years and serving as an assistant coach for a local youth running team. Wyatt is passionate about increasing accessibility to nature and environmental education in the hopes that future generations will be positive stewards of the environment.
Callie is serving as an Environmental Educator at Thorne Nature Experience. She is excited to help children and families foster a love of the natural world, while helping to ensure the future protection of our local and global environments. Callie graduated from Oklahoma State University with a B.S. in Natural Resource Ecology and Management in 2019. During her studies, she was able to volunteer at Turning Point Therapeutic Riding Center, where she first developed a love of working with kids. Since graduating, she has worked with the USDA on a tick control research project in Maryland. In her free time, Callie can be found birding, fly fishing, and taking hikes with her dog, Josey.
Hannah Jakob is serving with Bird Conservancy of the Rockies as an Environmental Educator. Hannah grew up in Missoula, Montana, where she developed a passion for wildlife and environmental conservation. She graduated from the Soka University of America in 2021 with a B.A. in Environmental Studies. Hannah loves to paint, and for her senior thesis, she investigated art as a tool for wildlife conservation by creating a tool with her own scientific illustrations. She loves sharing her appreciation for birds and all things natural with the people around her and is looking forward to sharing and exploring with schools and families in the Denver area.
Maria is serving at Odyssey School of Denver as Forest School and Play-Based Ecological Literacy Facilitator. She grew up in Indiana, and moved to Colorado earlier this year from Washington DC. Maria has always had a passion for working with kids in the outdoors, which led her to pursue a Recreational Therapy degree from Indiana University. While at IU, she worked as a climbing and backpacking trip leader at her university's outdoor adventure program during the school year, and gained experience working with children with a wide range of disabilities and backgrounds through her work at a local RT camp in the summers. In her free time, Maria can be found rock climbing, hiking, reading, or exploring Denver with friends. She looks forward to her service term at Odyssey, and the opportunity to help support experiential education for all!
When Tarin moved to Colorado and got a glimpse of the snow-capped mountain peaks and beautiful ice-covered rivers, she knew many adventures outside lay ahead. Tarin received her Bachelor's in Wildlife Conservation and Science at Texas A&M University-Commerce in 2019, and is now serving as an Education Specialist at Catamount Institute. When she is not getting lost enjoying the outdoors and trying new foods, she can be found learning how to crochet and play the guitar. She looks forward to helping strengthen the bonds between people and the natural world!
Garrett is serving with Bluff Lake Nature Center as an Environmental Educator. Garrett was born and raised in Central Florida and graduated in 2020 from Florida State University with a dual degree in Environmental Science and International Affairs. Though he’ll always love the incredible experiences that Florida has given him, he is eager to branch out and make new memories in Colorado. Time spent working and volunteering for a natural science museum in Tallahassee, Florida helped to reaffirm Garrett’s passion for environmental education and emphasize the importance of individual connections with the natural world. He is excited to explore Denver and the Front Range and to share his passion with Bluff Lake visitors!
Corina is a spunky AmeriCorps member serving Garden to Table as their Garden Educator. She hails from the muggy state of Florida but was most recently living at an outdoor education camp on Cape Cod. She has a Bachelors’ in Natural Resource Conservation with a specialization in Urban Agriculture and Global Leadership from the University of Florida. Corina implores others to push the status-quo in their life and community. Her motivation is getting everyone outside and teaching others about the wonders of the world. Her previous endeavors include teaching kindergarden and 1st grade, developing school gardening programs, leading adventure trips for middle-schoolers, running a Girl Scout troop, outfitting customers at REI, and gallivanting through the Swiss Alps while rattling off about environmental education. She is often found in a big bucket hat staring at trees or bugs while hiking with her dog Cosmo. She is ecstatic to explore the result of tectonic plates bunching up and pushing the ocean floor together- the Rocky Mountains!
Danielle is serving with the Catamount Institute as their Education Specialist. She is originally from Houston, Texas, and has lived in Pennsylvania, Washington, DC, and Scotland. She just finished a year as an AmeriCorps VISTA, and wanted to continue her pursuit of service. Although her background is in history and museum studies, she has a passion for informal education and the outdoors. Her trip to backpack the West Highland Way reignited her passion for camping and hiking. She is excited to continue to teach students about the environment we live in and provide more opportunities to get kids out into nature. While she is new to Colorado, her goal is to learn more about Colorado history, visit more state parks, and climb at least one mountain!