Environmental Educator
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Location: Sterling, VA, USA
School: University of Mary Washington
Major: Environmental Sustainability

Environmental Educator

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University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg VA
Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science with a minor in Sustainability
UMW Dean’s List 2013-2017 with a GPA of 3.4


August 2017 World-Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF), Northern Neck (VA)
Intern at Dug in Farms learning techniques for sustainable, organic farming and selling local produce
Duties include collecting eggs, planting/harvesting produce, beekeeping, and managing the farm stand

Spring 2017 Grassroots Development in Guatemala, University of Mary Washington
Study abroad trip where students are immersed in indigenous Mayan culture
Engage in programs that work to empower young women through education and sustainable farming methods in order to promote food security, economic stability, and better health

Summer 2015 Intern with Department of Entomology, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (DC)
Sort, pin, and label various beetles from all over the world for the NMNH Interns & Fellows program
Organize a database for fungus beetles of the Delmarva area and take inventory of specimen drawers

Summer 2019 Sustainability Lecture Series Project at Rust Library (Leesburg VA)
Develop and present an educational outreach program for active Virginia Master Naturalist (VMN) members to obtain continued education hours.

Consists of a series of 5, two-hour long lectures on various topics discussing how to conserve and preserve our natural resources and adjust values and daily habits in order to live with minimal impact.

2013 Girl Scout Gold Award, Riverbend Park (Great Falls VA)
Design a permanent exhibit at the Information Center to raise awareness about the importance of native plants and insects in maintaining local ecological health
Create a native insect display case with complimentary brochures and built a self-sustaining Monarch Waystation/native plant garden to attract pollinators


Fall 2017-Present Program Designer at Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve (Leesburg VA)
Schedule, design and lead educational programs for various ages and audiences on topics such as stream health, pollinators, local ecology, conservation, etc.

Plan events and assist with projects including creating interpretive material for the “pollinator room”
2018-2019 Lead Preschool Teacher at Little Tree Huggers LLC (Leesburg VA)
Guide and oversee children ages 3-5 in nature-based exploration daily.

Students follow a typical structured curriculum, but the main goal is to instill a sense of respect and appreciation for living beings, kindness to friends, recycling/composting, as well as adopting other aspects of a sustainable, compassionate life.

2018-2019 Girl Scout Workshop Instructor at Lake Fairfax Park (Reston VA)
Organize and lead badge and journey workshops on conservation, environmental issues, nature-inspired art, etc.

Fall 2017 Outdoor Educator at Echo Hill Outdoor School (Worton MD)
Lead hands-on, engaging classes/activities for middle-school groups on topics such as aquatic ecology, survival, bay studies, etc. while ensuring a positive experience in the outdoors.

Responsible for dining with and overseeing students during free time and on overnights.

Girl Scout Lifetime Member Certified Virginia Master Naturalist Intermediate-level proficiency in American Sign Language

Education, Agroecology, Sustainability, food sovereignty, outreach, program design