The busy season is upon us, and to help us out this summer, we hired six new residential interns through the Student Conservation Association. The Student Conservation Association's mission is to build the next generation of conservation leaders and inspire lifelong stewardship of the environment and communities by engaging young people in hands-on service to the land. We are very thrilled to introduce these young professionals to you. Each one of them has passion, experience, and character that fits so well with the Duke Farms mission of demonstrating environmental stewardship and inspiring visitors to be informed stewards of the land. Please help us welcome them to the Duke Farms family!
Education Team: Katie Engberg (NJ): A recent graduate from Lafayette College, Katie spent over a year working on an environmental research project studying the impacts of road proximity on the movement patterns of vernal pool dependent wood frogs. She has a passion for educating kids and spends much of her free time using art as a connection to the natural world and as a framework to find solutions.
Katie Daniels (CA): A current senior at California State University, Katie is highly interested in forest ecology, especially regarding the Pacific Northwest, and has recently discovered her love of birding. She has an extremely creative eye, is skilled in photography and videography, and hopes to use those skills to develop interpretation materials for properties such as Duke Farms.
Sarah Miranda (NJ): Sarah Miranda is a recent graduate from William Paterson University with a degree in Earth Science. She has volunteered with NJ organizations such as the Great Swamp Wildlife Refuge, Earth First, and she spent her senior internship working with the education department at Duke Farms, building interpretive materials for large events and spontaneous education. She is bilingual and hopes to broaden our reach to the Spanish-speaking community during her time here.
Natural Resources Team: Kaitlyn Button (NY): Kaitlyn is a graduating senior at Alfred University, majoring in Biology and minoring in Environmental Studies. She has experience working for several conservation and wildlife biology research projects that involve mist net bird trapping, vegetation sampling, and telemetry. Kaitlyn believes its vital to educate the public about the escalating conservation concerns that are essential to the world we live in.
Braedon Shelton (NC): A recent Earth Science graduate from University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Braedon has experience in horticulture, tree canopy studies, and trail development in both North Carolina and Pennsylvania. He is excited to gain more experience in conservation and to spend the summer expanding his skills and communicating the importance of conservation to the public.
William Singley (NC): William graduated from Guilford College in 2013 with a B.S. in Environmental Studies. Will has a wide range of experience locally, as well as internationally. He has bridged his passion for the environment with his love of mountain biking, by assisting in trail work projects and expanding tourist data collections throughout North Carolina and Australia. He has also assisted in large-scale invasive species removal projects, and working with kids in a camp setting.