Erika Van Krevelen
Mississippi National River and Recreation Area
A nature lover from the start, Erika was always finding new places to explore outdoors in her Minneapolis neighborhood as a kid. This enthusiasm and curiosity for the natural world ultimately led her to study and receive an Associate degree in Landscape and Horticulture. She went on to participate in the Minnesota GreenCorps, serving in the City of Fridley’s urban forestry program. This experience left her craving a deeper understanding of natural resource management. With this, she decided to return to school and enrolled at the University of Minnesota. Here, she studied Forest and Natural Resource Management, specializing in Parks and Protected Area Management, and served as a founding officer in the Women in Natural Resources student group. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 2019 and soon went on to work with the Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District where she gained a greater understanding of ecological restoration and invasive carp management. Erika is excited to now be serving as the Community Volunteer Ambassador with the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, the 72-mile river park she grew to love long before she knew it had a name.