I have grown up and spent my whole life on the East Coast, speciﬁcally in the DC metropolitan area. I lived in Arlington, VA until I attended James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA where I graduated with a degree in Economics. JMU is located in the Shenandoah Valley of the Appalachian Mountains a short drive away from Shenandoah National Park where I spent my formative years hiking and camping, inspiring my love of the outdoors. Since college, I have deﬁnitely caught the travel bug, spending time abroad in Europe visiting my girlfriend who was studying in Italy as well...Read more
I recently graduated from LSU, where I majored in International Studies with a concentration in Environment and Development. I enjoy trail running, kayaking, biking, photography, and exploring new places. I’ve spent a lot of time volunteering for various community organizations and am excited to join the national network of volunteers that is the SCA. Through four years of living in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, I became involved in environmental education and activism, and recognized the importance of connecting these issues to local communities and culture. When I heard about the SCA, I knew I...Read more
I was born and grew up on the south shore of Massachusetts. I went through grade school in a small suburb town, but was able to expand my horizon through academic travel opportunities to Central and South America. It was through traveling that I rediscovered my childhood love for nature. For college I traveled to Maine to attend the University of New England and majored in Aquaculture and Aquarium Science. I started becoming actively involved in environmental conservation work. For a year I volunteered at the Marine Animal Rehabilitation Center. There I worked to rehabilitate Harbor...Read more
Hello! My name is Katy. I grew up in Kansas City, Kansas before going to college in Boston where I graduated with a photojournalism degree. I joined my ﬁrst SCA Corps team right after graduation in the beautiful Delaware Water Gap. I enjoyed it so much I looked for a longer Corps team to join when that one ended. Now I’m headed to the DRC and I cannot wait!! New time zone to live in, new adventures to have, and more awesome people to befriend. Also more interesting wildlife to see. No black bears, but I hear there are tarantulas…....Read more
I was born in Nebraska and lived there until moving to Oklahoma when I was 13. I graduated from high school in May 2012 and in June I went off to Maryland to join the Navy at the United States Naval Academy. Growing up we were always outdoors, spending time at the lake, camping, ﬁshing, hiking, bike riding, and so many more activities, it was just a way of life for us. While I was in attendance at the Naval Academy we took part in projects repairing the areas in which Hurricane Sandy had destroyed in locations around Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey, and New York. I spent a year at...Read more
Hey there, I’m Jake! I grew up in a small town in southeast Wisconsin surrounded by forests and farmland and was lucky enough to live ﬁve minutes from my grandparent’s farm. There I spent endless hours hunting, ﬁshing, and walking in the rivers and through the woods. Being physically active is very important to me so you’ll often ﬁnd me either running, biking, or hiking. I also have competed in collegiate athletics in the pole vault (probably the best sport ever)! I recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh with a major in Biology and an emphasis in...Read more
After hours of driving through the beautiful Oregon woods, my family and I reached our “mystery tour’s” destination. I was seven years old and anxious to ﬁnally see where we were going. Mystery tour destination: Crater Lake! My love for the outdoors and geology were cemented in those ﬁrst moments of seeing Crater Lake for the ﬁrst time.
I was born and raised in the Bay Area, California. Growing up, my family and I took many road trips around the country. If we weren’t on the road, we were at home with our parade of pets....Read more