May 2015-September 2015 May 2014-September 2014 Block Island, Rhode Island
I worked as the Education and Stewardship Liaison for two summers in the Block Island field office of The Nature Conservancy. In this position, I was part of a team working to conserve island ecosystems and educate the public about an island that The Nature Conservancy named one of the "Last Great Places" in 1991 for its abundance of rare plants and animals and the island community's support for conservation.
Developed and implemented public education and interpretive tours that reached 1,000+ tourists of all ages each summer.
Volunteer coordination and leadership
Spearheaded a sign restoration project during which I mapped and recorded over 35 sign locations and worked with volunteers and staff to repair or install effective signs as needed. This enabled Block Island's 50,000+ tourists each summer to more safely and easily access island trails.
Redesigned materials for youth engagement programs that engage 100+ children each summer.
Collaborated with Conservancy staff to implement organization and archiving of the Block Island Conservancy's land trust holdings, enabling the organization's designation as an accredited land trust in September 2014.
Worked closely with participants in Leaders in Environmental Action for the Future (LEAF), a TCN program that places gifted students from urban areas in paid summer internships on Conservancy lands.
Coordinated and led volunteers on regular public workdays, maintaining and monitoring the island's 25-mile public trail system
The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is an international organization that works to preserve the land and water on which life depends through innovative partnerships and scientific exploration. TNC designated Block Island as one of 12 "Last Great Places" in the western hemisphere in 1991, and since then has maintained a presence on the island, preserving over 2,000 acres of habitat, offering hands-on discovery programs, and supporting ground-breaking scientific research on Great Salt Pond.
The Block Island Conservancy (BIC) protects Block Island's natural heritage, rural character, and access to its resources. Founded in 1972 by Island residents, it is the oldest environmental protection group on Block Island and an LTA-accredited land trust. The BIC works closely with TNC to promote and protect Block Island's natural resources.