I grew up outside of Cincinnati, Ohio in a home surrounded by seemingly endless woods that I spent my days exploring. Each summer, I went to nature preserves and Boy Scout camps and learned firsthand how exciting and valuable our backyards can be. To me, everything was right in the world.
As a teenager, I travelled to National Parks with my family and became an avid hiker and camper. I came to enjoy all types of outdoor sports from canoeing to rock climbing. But as I got older, I started to see things outside of my small Ohio bubble where people took care of the environment around us. More than anything, I saw a lot of apathy towards environmental issues that affect people globally.
Going into college, I chose to study Environmental Science so that I could be a driving force in the fight for the environment. The University of South Carolina was a natural choice for me, being so close to a National Park and the Appalachian mountains while providing an excellent program in the environmental sciences.
With my ambitions to find solutions to environmental conflicts, Conservation Voters was an obvious place for me to start to learn the ins and outs of current conservation issues and really get to know the extensive conservation community in the state of South Carolina. The education that CVSCEF provides to conservationists around the state is an incredible resource and I can’t wait to see our community grow. I couldn’t be more proud to be a part of this movement and I’m excited about the impact we can all have together.