Brooke Mueller is from Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. She recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire with a comprehensive major in Ecology and Environmental Biology. She has taken many classes to learn about plants, involving identifying, understanding their distribution, and their anatomy. Over the course of the summer she had an internship at the Cape Cod National Sea Shore as a coastal forest monitoring intern. She has also enjoyed the classes she has taken classes in the physiology of birds and mammals. The section on birds was most interesting to her and she has since taken a class on and has done her own birding. All of the classes she has taken involving biology and dealing with the environment have fed her excitement of the outdoors. Every since she was little, she has loved being outside and has found enjoyment in sharing that feeling with others.
Isaac Arndt is from western Michigan. He graduated two years ago from Michigan State with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and geography. He is interested in teaching people about the great outdoors, and has experience in teaching inner city kids about nature. During the last three years, Isaac has spent two years teaching a youth group at a local church, helping out with three mission trips and leading a group of middle school kids on a nature walk. He is interested in challenging himself to teach younger kids, since most of his background is with grades 7-12.
Katie Avery was raised in Oakland, California and Lugano, Switzerland.
Growing up, she spent a lot of time hiking, camping and skiing with her family, forming an appreciation of the outdoors and wild spaces. Her
interest in environmental conservation began while volunteering in her
high school’s Living Laboratory for her environmental science class. After graduating from the University of California with a degree in Anthropology she traveled through South East Asia, working on organic farms along the way. She is excited to begin working to inspire in children the same love and respect for nature that she developed as a child.
After graduating from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a
Bachelors Degree in Wildlife Conservation, Ryan Pennesi is excited to
be an environmental educator and crew leader with the SCA
Massachusetts Forests and Parks Americorps program this year. Ryan
grew up in Central Massachusetts, where he discovered his passion for
nature and all wild things. During the past summer he worked as a
residential crew leader for the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps and
lived in the Green Mountains of Vermont for 7 weeks! In addition to
trail work, Ryan has worked as a Tour Guide, Animal Handler, and
Presenter for Animal Adventures Exotic Zoo and Rescue Center. He has
had the opportunity to wrestle American Alligators, feed baby Coatis,
scratch behind the ears of a Canadian Lynx, and play with Ring-tail
Lemurs! Ryan is passionate about animals and would love to share
stories about his experience as a zoo employee. On a typical day you
may find Ryan exploring the forest, playing soccer, throwing the disk
with friends, or playing some jazz on his trumpet.
Brenna Taylor is a 23-year-old Northeast Ohio native, exploring Western Massachusetts for the first time. After a sweaty and pontoon-filled three months with the SCA and the Army Corps of Engineers in Nashville, Tennessee, she is happily moving onto the SCA Massachusetts Parks program. Since graduating from Hiram College in 2011, Brenna has taught art to preschoolers, worked and lived on a small herb farm, and taught farm and gardening classes at a summer camp. She loves to laugh, bike, learn and explore new places. She’s looking forward to exploring the great Hawley frontier with her new family of dynamic and beautiful people, as well as engaging and sharing her love for the outdoors with the local kiddos.