Sequoia and Kings Canyon National park
Hailing from rural WI, Mel grew up with an instilled respect and enjoyment of nature and public lands. Her family taps trees for syrup, grows a variety of fruits and veggies for salsa, and have hives for honey and pollinator benefits. She went on to study Agricultural Business at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, graduating in 2016. Moving to Minneapolis after graduation, she worked in ag finance for a while. After deciding that was not a right fit, she joined the Conservation Corps of MN & IA where she worked on restoration in school forests, allowing students to learn in a safe, outdoor environment. There she discovered an immense satisfaction in youth education. She has worked a variety of agricultural/environmental jobs and is specifically interested in native plants and ways to incorporate modern sustainability techniques into conventional practices. She is ecstatic to be able to spend the next year in the Central Valley and Sierra Nevadas and will hopefully continue living in the West for years to come!