Sterling joins the DRC WildCorps halfway through the season with hopes of complimenting and contributing-to an already impressive team of desert restorators. This is his fifth SCA endeavor but first purely-restoration experience after primarily trail-maintenance crews. He looks forward to expanding his pallete of conservation techniques as well as practicing data collection and mapping. Sterling grew up in Maine, went to school in New York, moved to Los Angeles and then Portland, Oregon before going to work on the nation's public lands. In his free time Sterling enjoys reading, writing, making art, eating, live music and traveling.
My name is Sarah Throop. However, I prefer to go by Parker, which is my middle name. I am 22 years old. I just graduated from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia. My degree was in Anthropology. I am looking forward to the DRC. I think that it is very important to preserve our wildlife. With over population, desertification, deforestation, and modern industry the next 150 years will define the human race. We only have one Earth to live on, and giving back, preventing further devastation is vital. This will be my second internship with the SCA and AmeriCorps. It will also be my second internship with the BLM. I am very outdoorsy and active. I love bicycling, adventuring, exploring new places, Urbexing, and trying new things. I am also very personable and friendly. I also really enjoy joking around and puns. I am currently attempting to become fluent in French. I expect this internship will have its trials and tribulations but I welcome them.
My interest in conservation was seeded while I was growing up in Bellingham, WA in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. I felt very connected to nature from hiking in forests with views of the Cascade Mountains and exploring tide pools on the coast. That interest grew when I moved to Asheville, NC to attend Warren Wilson College. The extreme biodiversity of Western North Carolina moved me to change my major from Education to Environmental Studies concentrating in Conservation Biology.
My passions include sustainable food and studying wildlife, particularly birds. I like to be active and outdoors as much as possible whether it be hiking, camping, biking, birding, or floating down a river.
I look forward to doing meaningful outdoor work with Wildcorps and exploring the Mojave Desert.
Having biked across the middle of the country and hiked all around the south and southeast, I am now looking to extend my learning and services to the American southwest. I grew up in beautiful western North Carolina and am still deeply moved by the right styles of bluegrass and bbq. I recently graduated from Tulane University in New Orleans, where I studied all things environmental and geology, and am looking forward to continuing my education in the outdoors. I seek to better understand the relationship between humanity and nature such that I may work to improve the public's knowledge of and respect for the environment. I believe that nature is as much a part of humankind as we are of it.
The name’s Scott Shinton, and I was born and raised in the creeks, pools, and shores of the second smallest state in the country, where a hop, skip, and a jump through the woods will (literally) take you to foreign territory (a farm in Maryland or Pennsylvania) within minutes. While spending the last four years in Connecticut studying history, art, and architecture, I have spent summers living and working in the hills of a medieval Tuscan town, a forest in rural Kentucky, and the East Village of NYC. Moving to the West Coast swiftly upon graduation, I have been smitten to find communities who love the Great Outdoors, good coffee and microbrews, and water-dwelling as much as I do.
I am extremely excited to be working with WildCorps on restoration projects in the diverse ecosystems of Southern California, and to live with a crew of awesome, adventurous people.
Remember: stay together, learn the flowers, go light.