Get to Know: Our 2020 Environmental Education Interns
Each year the Environmental Education staff grows for the summer with the addition of two seasonal interns. These amazing students work side by side with our naturalists presenting public programming, designing curriculum, supervising summer camps, & so much more. They are a terrific addition to our team & we look forward to working with them every year.
Get to know this season’s interns & make sure you say hi the next time you spot them at any Pottawattamie Conservation park!
Hi everyone! My name is Malena Brotherson and I am excited to be at Hitchcock Nature Center this summer as a Naturalist Intern. I am from the small town of Panama, Nebraska which is south of Lincoln. I attend the University of Nebraska at Omaha with plans on graduating in December 2020. I will graduate with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and minors in Environmental Science and Chemistry.
It’s no surprise that I gravitated towards a career in the outdoors when I got to college because I grew up playing in the dirt around my house and on family farms. There were always animals around that I loved to interact with and observe. My summers consisted of camping, going to the lake, and hiking at National Parks across the western United States. During one summer, I got to camp for sixteen days and see some of the most amazing and wild parts of the western United States! That experience solidified my love for nature. I remember watching the steam rise from the hot springs and geysers at Yellowstone National Park, wondering how organisms could survive in the heat. I felt the 37℉ chill of a Yosemite morning during the hottest summer months because I was at a high elevation. I also got to gape in awe at the Giant Sequoia trees at Sequoia National Park. Their massive width and height was breathtaking and I wondered how they could grow to such a stature.
I loved having nature at my fingertips as I grew up. It gave me the opportunity to learn and appreciate the complicated interactions happening all around us. This summer, I want to give other children the chance to experience the awe and wonder of the natural environment that I was able to be immersed in as a child.